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DATAD Annual Conference

Positioning your digital institutional repository for visibility: A workshop not to be missed by librarians and IT staff supporting libraries

The Association of African Universities (AAU) championed the development of DATAD (Database of African Theses and Dissertation) in 2003 with the goal of improving the visibility of African scholarly work. The idea behind DATAD is to harvest theses and dissertations from Africa and create a continental portal where these full text resources could be accessed from anywhere. Through DATAD our goal is to link to national and university repositories in Africa. We also aim to build the capacities of AAU member university libraries and national libraries and support them to design and implement effective repositories.

In light of this the AAU in collaboration with Uganda Martyrs University, Uganda, is organizing a three-day DATAD annual conference under the theme “Providing platforms for knowledge sharing among African Universities”. This conference is slated to take place at Entebbe from the 23rd to the 25th November 2015.

Conference Overview
The conference will bring world renowned experts / resource persons to take participants through various discussions featuring a review of Institutional Repositories in Africa, the future of digital Institutional Repositories, lessons from Institutional Repository initiatives, and strategies for making repositories more visible, why libraries must implement Unique Resource Identifiers and tools for tracking the usage of your IRs. Participants will also be taken through a practical session to demonstrate setting up successful Institutional Repository platforms. Institutions seeking to join the AAU DATAD platform are also invited to apply to attend the conference. They will have the opportunity to be taken through how to configure their Institutional Repositories so that their content can be included on the DATAD platform. This conference will be an excellent platform for establishing partnerships, sharing experiences, learning about emerging trends in IRs and learning from each other.

Target Participants

The target participants are electronic librarians and IT staff that support national and university libraries.

Some of the topics to be covered include:

  1. Status of Institutional Repositories in Africa
  2. The future of digital Institutional Repositories
  3. What makes Institutional Repository initiatives fail?
  4. A review of common Institutional Repository platforms
  5. Practical Session on setting up DSpace
  6. What is DATAD and why it is important for African Universities
  7. Making your repository more visible
  8. Top tools for tracking the usage of your IR

Early registration fee is $250 per participant and will cover the cost of snacks, lunch and training material. Interested participants are kindly requested to register online by clicking here. Please register before 8th November 2015, to allow time to apply for visas. Participants will cover their costs of air travel, accommodation and related allowances. Please register online here and find AAU Bank details here

For further information please contact: 

  1. Abednego Corletey on acorletey@aau.org
  2. Copy Edith Laari elaari@aau.org)


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