2. Why open access?
For long term preservation,
organization and access or
distribution of scholarly work to
accelerate research and enhance
progress in science and development.
3. Ways of providing Open Access
1. OA Journals – Peer reviewed
2. OA Repositories – Regional or
Institutional Repositories? - Set of
services that a university offer to the
members of its community for the
management and dissemination of digital
materials created by the institution and
its community members.
4. WHY IR IN ACADEMIC AND RESEARCH
INSTITUTIONS IN KENYA?
To provide for an effective system to
disseminate and access research
information, digitize and preserve
digital content that is in danger of
Provide avenue for scholars and
researchers to publish their
intellectual and scholarly works
5. Why IR IN KENYA? (Cont.)
Adding to Inst./faculty prestige
through showcasing their academic
Gives authors and their works
immeasurable publicity and increased
6. Why IR IN KENYA?
To create mechanism for sharing information
with other institutions in Kenya and beyond. Do
we want to participate in our country’s
development? – share scientific findings
Others are sharing
why not us?
7. Others are sharing!
AJOL – African Journal Online
OAISTER – Digitised material
WHO publications -
NDLTD – Networked Digital
Library of Theses and
BioOne.org - sciences.
Open J- Gate -
8. Others are sharing!
Plosone – peer-reviewed
Open Humanities Press -
Oxford Open Access
Kenya Law Reports -
African Digital Library – free
OER sites - OERAfrica –
Established by SA Inst. -
Lawyers in Africa
9. KLISC INSTITUTIONS AND IR
Concept of IR Introduced earlier (ILRI,
2008, 2009,2010- workshops on Open
Access and free software that can be used
for IR e.g. DSpace and Greenstone
Follow-up visits and workshops to
enhance skills and to sensitize staff on IR.
10. KLISC INSTITUTIONS AND IR
Currently, most inst. are in the
development stage, i.e.
11. KLISC INSTITUTIONS AND IR
Involving key stakeholders e.g.
university administrators, policy
makers, students, academic staff
Sensitization and training
12. Identified KLISC institutions implementing IR
(Mostly full text items)
• KARI (Online)
• University of Nairobi (60 items - LAN)
• Kenyatta University (Past Papers)
• College of Insurance (30 items)
• KMFRI (Advanced stage – 400 items)
• The Kenya Polytechnic University College (Project
• Kabarak (Advanced stage – (3000 items)
• Baraton (Development stage - customization)
• Agha Khan University (Development stage)
13. Identified Institutions (Cont.)
• Strathmore (Advanced stage – LAN/WAN)
• Marist International (55 items)
• Moi (Advanced stage – LAN)
• KCA (Initial stage – Customization and policy issues)
• JKUAT (Initial stage – Policy Issues)
• KEMRI (full-text)
• Egerton (Initial – Policy issues)
• Maseno University (Initial-customization, Policy issues)
• Daystar (Initial – Policy Issues)
• St. Paul university (Initial – customization, policy issues)
16. Type of Content/collections Submitted to
IRs in Kenya
Audio and video files, films and
images of distinguished staff, visitors,
monuments, and buildings.
Conferment of Honorary Degrees
Inadequate staff – need for adequate staff to
run the project i.e. full time administrator, ICT
person, Digitization expert
Policy Issues (Expert guidance on copyright
Promotion – concept is foreign (Convincing
faculties to contribute in the development of
the project – faculty adoption disappointing)
27. Future plans For KLISC
Follow-up workshops and visits
Follow-up visits, workshops and
training to sensitize academic staff
and researchers on the need for IR
and sharing of information.
Sustainability (Proposal for budget for
28. Future plans
Deal with licensing, privacy issues and Copyright
issues (Develop IR policies)
Suggestion - government and funding
bodies to mandate their funded
researchers to deposit a copy of the
articles in their IR.
Deal with staffing and training.
Raising awareness – aggressive marketing to
solicit content by collaborating with faculties to
build the repository.
29. Future Plans(Cont.)
Launching IRs – ILRI and KARI, the only IR
that is alive on the web; Strathmore, UoN on
LAN but launching soon; others in the
Training trainers for Kenyan institutions –
have local experts in the two software to
support the upcoming institutions.
Soliciting for funds and a budget for
sustainability of the IR projects.
30. Future plans
Activation of full-text access to users.
Reach other institutions that have interest
to establish IR (Both government and
Follow-up visits to enhance skills and
provide additional support.
Increase collections and provide
access via the WAN (Open Access )