Opening access to agricultural information in Ghana, Kenya and Zambia

Chisenga, Justin Opening access to agricultural information in Ghana, Kenya and Zambia., 2012 . In XXth Standing Conference of Eastern, Central and Southern Africa Library and Information Associations (SCECSAL), Nairobi (Kenya), 4-8 June 2012. [Conference paper]

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Agricultural innovation systems in Africa need to have access to both local and global agricultural sciences and technical information if they are to have an impact on agriculture and food security initiatives on the continent. While access to global agricultural information resources and innovations is relatively easy, local agricultural content is generally not visible and easily accessible. Providing access these important resources, through institutional repositories of metadata records and associated full-text documents, is one pathway of ensuring that the content generated locally is easily accessible within the country, region and around the globe. This paper highlights three initiatives implemented by national research institutes in Ghana, Kenya and Zambia aimed at opening access to agricultural information and knowledge resources. It also presents the major challenges faced in the implementation of the initiatives and the key lessons learned that could be useful when implementing similar initiatives.

Item type: Conference paper
Keywords: open access, institutional repositories, agris, ciard, kainet, gains, zard4din
Subjects: H. Information sources, supports, channels. > HP. e-resources.
H. Information sources, supports, channels. > HR. Portals.
H. Information sources, supports, channels. > HS. Repositories.
L. Information technology and library technology
Depositing user: Dr Justin Chisenga
Date deposited: 09 Apr 2013 15:37
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:25


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