Monday, 21 November 2011
OASCIR at EIFL-FOSS regional seminar in Dar es Salaam
The OASCIR Project for setting up the first Sudanese Institutional Repository at the Faculty of Science University of Khartoum was represented at the recently held EIFL-FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) regional workshop, that took place Nov 4-5th in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The 2-day seminar, jointly organised and supported by EIFL and UNESCO, gathered library directors and technical staff from 14 countries in Africa. A OASCIR Project presentation was delivered along the event by Dr. Rania M. H. Baleela, joint DSpace@ScienceUofK repository manager, as an example of DSpace open source software implementation for setting up an Open Access repository at the Faculty of Science U of K.
Since one of the main OASCIR Project goals is gradually building a network of library professionals interested in Open Access and repositories both in Sudan and abroad, attending this EIFL-FOSS seminar -as well as Open Access Africa 2011 conference held last Oct in Kumasi, Ghana- was seen as a good opportunity for project dissemination and also for learning about other FOSS implementations in Africa.