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  1. 1. UNECA Capacity building activities on Open Access:the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa Perspective Ms. Irene Onyancha Chief, Library and Information Management Services ICT, Science and Technology Division (ISTD) United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
  2. 2. ECAOutline Context – ECA’s vision and programmes Focus on ICT, Science and Technology Division (ISTD) Open Access activities at ECA Open Access Publishing – ECA Institutional Repository • IR project • Lessons Learnt Development of E-learning & Open Educational Resources Open Access to GeoData & information Facilitating Open Access & ICT development to member states Access Scientific and Socio-economic Information in Africa (ASKIA) programme Lessons Learnt
  3. 3. ECAECA’s mandate & vision The Economic Commission of Africa: established 1958 one of the UN Secretariats five regional commissions 5 Sub-Regional Offices (SROs)to promote economic and social development, foster intra-regionalintegration, and promote international cooperation for Africasdevelopment
  4. 4. ECAECA’s Work Programme •Regional Integration, Trade and Infrastructure •Meeting the MDGs Focus on: •Promote good governance & popular participation •ICTs, Science and Technology for Development •Statistics and Statistical Development Responsible for: • United Nations programme on “harnessing information for development”; ICT, S&T • Is an integrated information service: • to promote accessibility and availability of quality Division information on African development • To assist member states build national capacities in the use of ICTs for accelerated and sustainable development
  5. 5. ECAICT, Science & Technology Division (ISTD).. Work programme in 4 strategic areas of intervention: Promoting ICTs for development and implementing the African Information Society Initiative (AISI); Promoting Science and Technology for development; Strengthening Geographic Information for sustainable development Knowledge, Library and Information Management services ISTD provides these services at 2 levels: to the Commission to member states Open Access activities are integrated across the ITSD work programme
  6. 6. ECA Publishing at ECA:ECA’s knowledge is presented in: Flagship publications Conference proceedings, Resolutions & Speeches Technical publications, policy briefs, mission reports, annual reports working papers other grey literatureall which outline important research or decisions that have beenmade on the economic and social developmental aspects in Africa
  7. 7. ECA The status of ECA Publications 2 years Ago Staff computers Divisional Collections Library basement Electronic copies ECA Web sites Library shelves Catalogued collectionECA publications
  8. 8. ECA Open Access Publishing at ECA: The ECA Institutional Repository ECA IR Established in 2009: ..is an electronic publishing means of collecting, managing and preserving the institutional memory of ECA. It also offe timely dissemination of this wealth of knowledge outlining important socio- eco research and decisions in africa….. -Green Road to Open Access -
  9. 9. ECAOpen Access Publishing at ECA: IR The green road to OA is to publish in conventional (non-OA) journals and to make the articles OA (free for the user online) by self-archiving them in the authors institutional repository. Defining the project Implementing the IR project Populating the IR Accessing Items in the IR Lessons Learnt
  10. 10. ECAOpen Access Publishing at ECA: IR Defining the Institutional Repository Project Build on project 2007 Project documents: Concept note, proposal and Business Plan Funding Preliminary activities Setting up a project team Contracting a Service Provider for the IR platform development Purchase of • equipment servers, computers & scanners • storage and archival materials
  11. 11. ECAOpen Access Publishing at ECA: IR Project activities & work flow Cataloging, indexing & reviewing, scanning ECA publications collection development • Printed publication • Digital collection • Institutional policies promoting OA at ECA Online platform development • Software selection & development of systems requirement • Customization – Controlled Vocabularies (UNBIS thesaurus & SC, Geo terms, authors, serials) – AGRIS AP metadata (submission & export) • New modules (MQM, CUA and Document Streaming)
  12. 12. ECAOpen Access Publishing at ECA: IR Importing MARC21 metadata from the ILS A crosswalk between MARC21 and AGRIS AP (Qualified DC) Development import tool Communities and Collections development 12 communities and 21 collection based on the ECA’s work programme 1 community and 5 collections for ECA sub-regional offices Uploading digital files All digital files saved with the accession number of the metadata records 17,000 metadata records & 10,000 files uploaded
  13. 13. ECAOpen Access Publishing at ECA: IR Available at http://repository.uneca.org
  14. 14. ECAOpen Access Publishing at ECA: IR
  15. 15. ECAAccessing content in the ECA IR
  16. 16. ECAOpen Access Publishing at ECA: IR Searching Simple Search Advanced search using the AGRIS AP fields Subject search Browsing Dspace features (title, date & Communities and collections) Subject keyword browse (UNBIS thesaurus) Thematic collections of ECA conferences & Flagship publications Harvesting OAI-PMH (simple DC) Expose metadata using AGRIS AP for specialized harvesters
  17. 17. ECAOpen Access Publishing at ECA: IR impact IR access Top 10 countries statistics/month
  18. 18. ECA Other Open Access activities Open Educations Resources & E-learning Open Access to Geo-information
  19. 19. ECAOpen Access Education Resources (OER) & E-learning Academy of ICT Essentials for Government Leaders in Africa 8 Modules on ICT4D topics including; ICT policies, e-government, network security, ICT trends:  The Linkage between ICT Applications and Development  ICT for Development Policy, Process and Governance  e-Government Applications  Network and Information Security and Privacy etc. 3 new modules are planned as follows:  ICTs and Regional Integration (Module 9),  ICT for Disaster Risk Reduction (Module 10)  Climate Change and ICTs (Module 11)
  20. 20. ECA Open Access Resources: OER & E-learningcan e-learning initiative (http://www.uneca.org/elearna
  21. 21. ECAOpen Access to GeoData Online Metadata Clearinghouse Registry Services ECA offers “country spaces” for hosting of metadata clearinghouse nodes at http://geoinfo.uneca.org:8080/geonetwork Development of interoperability standards for datasets through regional and international consultations to promote open geodata architecture for mutual and remote access to geodata and geo services. http://www.uneca.org/istd/default.htm Development of data sharing policies Policy & guidelines development during the biennium 2012-2013 period Setting up policies at Regional (ARSDI) and National (NSDI) levels
  22. 22. ECA Support to member states Dual role as regional arm of the UN & part of the regional institutional landscape Provides a vantage position to harness resources and make unique contribution to assist member States efforts to address their development challenges
  23. 23. ECAModalities and services to support member states include: Policy analysis and advocacy formulation of national ICT policies, commonly known as NICIs • Over 43 countries had adopted their NICIs by end of 2010, • On going implementation of sectoral strategies in key priority sectors such as e-government, education, health facilitate implementation of the WSIS Geneva declaration on Open Access Enhancing Partnerships based on comparative advantage and pooling of resources Examples • Govt of Finland: Technology in Government in Africa Awards • Carnegie Foundation & IFLA for ICADLA conference in 2009
  24. 24. ECA Technical Assistance through: on-demand regional advisory services training workshops and seminars fellowship and internship programmes Communication and Knowledge sharing CoP platforms: Teamworks knowledge sharing platform in partnership with UNDP E-learning platforms: http://www.uneca.org/elearnafrica Sharing Best Practices Statutory meetings Committee on Development Information Science and Technology-CODIST • Brings together experts, policy makers, researchers from members states • KLIS reinstated as a Committee of CODIST in CODIST-II meeting • Pre-event Open Access workshop pre-event on
  25. 25. ECA ASKIA Programme Promoting Access to knowledge in AfricaAccess to Scientific/Socio-economic Knowledge in Africa (ASKIA) Initiative: defines a framework for bringing together a variety of scientific and socio- economic and associated information to the African scientific community; Identifies 5 strategic areas of intervention working in synergy for a common goal Initial project cost of $370k. Some activities are on going and seeking further funding
  26. 26. ECAStrategic intervention 1 • a one stop shop to all knowledge types from/on AfricaASKIA Online portal • contextualized access to information services • Biblios, maps, news, stat. data etc.Using a Web Content Management System (Web 2). Platform will hostASKIA Federated Search Engine, (CoPs) for Library and informationManagers across the continent; E-Forums; RSS feeds for news and eventson science and socio-economic development issues from the continent;Directories of African scientists and researchers etc.; Databases on Opensource tools and Information Management standards and; the ASKIA blogto promote exchange of best practices etc.
  27. 27. ECAStrategic intervention 2 • facilitate the collation of different knowledge types on/from Africa ASKIA Federated Search • enable discovery, access to free and subscribed to information resources • through a single searchDifferent competing online sources Bioline, BMC,DOAJ, PMC, AJOL, Scirus,Research4Life, Google etc. The federates search engine is a one stop window facilitating searching across different knowledge bases, including Open Access and commercial databases & journals source for scientific and socio- economic content Facilitates discovery, collation and contextual rendering of content including bibliographies, geo-data, news, blogs, statistical data
  28. 28. ECAEx. Federated Search Engine
  29. 29. ECAEx. Contextual rendering of results
  30. 30. ECAStrategic intervention 3 • access to thousands of maps at the ECA Library and nationals libraries Repository on African maps & geodata • Input to google maps formerly the Map Reference Section of the Cartography and Remote Sensing Unit at ECA comprising of topographical maps, soil survey maps, geologic bedrock an invaluable historical record Developed through member states contributions and purchased materials.
  31. 31. ECAStrategic intervention 4 • Values added services e.g.  theses and dissertations Knowledge hub &  Country profiles: news, maps, biblos etc. information services • New emerging technologies on information delivery Wider dissemination of ECA knowledge Mirrors of the ECA IR at the ECA Sub Regional Offices Mirrors of the ECA IR at the United Nations Depository Libraries across Africa Use of new emerging technologies to deliver services: e.g Social media and mobile technology proliferation in Africa Better connectivity with the Fibre cable around Africa completed
  32. 32. ECAStrategic intervention 5 • Partnerships with Development partners for funding Strengthening member • Training in IM standards and tools states capacities to • fellowships and internships document local knowledge • digitization equipments Use different business models for capacity building activities Hosting services e.g. the Open Access Package by Biomed Central covers issues such as: • Relatively high cost of infrastructure development to set up repositories • Lack of required skills and technical know-how to set-up and maintain the IR • immediate availability and visibility of IR Other models of technical assistance • Tranining workshops • Project funding • Purchase of digitization equipments
  33. 33. ECA Service A Service B Service C Service D Country Specific Media stories on University Theses Maps, Media, Documents African development Digital Maps of Africa ASKIA Online Platform Community Corner •Members information ASKIA •E-forums Tools & standards Federated •Blog- Best practices Search •RSS feeds E-Learning Data Harvester E-Registries CoPs Scientific DATAD/ E- Maps & WWW Databases E-Journals Library Research ASKIADirectories Geo Data OPACs 4Life Information Resources on the InternetASKIA: http://www.uneca.org/askia University University A B
  34. 34. ECALessons Learnt Need to share best practices on IR development between member states libraries; Need to bring coherence in various Open Access activities across the continent; Development partners need to assess comparative advantage and pool resources to support OA activities; Poor access to ECA knowledge by member states due to connectivity problems – replication of IR at SROs & UN Depository Libraries; Need to incorporate sustainability strategies in project planning and implementation; Good project planning is critical in the implementation of OA activities in the African Libraries given the limited funds
  35. 35. ECA THANK YOU!!!