Currently there are two Institutional repositories in Sudan, namely: The Sudanese Association of Libraries and Information Library English Literature Collection (SALI) .a Greenstone-based repository providing access to the conference outputs of the institution. The number of available items is rather low (4 as of 8/8/2011) and they are available in English and Arabic. The interface is also available in English and Arabic. The Sudan Open Archive (SOA) is designed and implemented by the Kenya and UK-based Rift Valley Institute, working with institutional partners in the north and south of Sudan The Archive was created by DL- Digital Library Consulting using open-source Greenstone archive software developed by the New Zealand Digital Library project at the University of Waikato offering free digital access to knowledge about all regions of Sudan. SOA 3.0, includes two new special collections: the first thirty-two volumes of Sudan Notes and Records, Sudan’s flagship scholarly journal, and the collected papers of the late Sudanese scholar, Richard Gray. It is maintained with support from the J.M. Kaplan Fund. Other partners include UNICEF, UNEP and the Southern Sudan Centre for Census, Statistics and Evaluation.
The University of Khartoum (UofK) will be having an Institutional Repository so researchers affiliated with its Faculty of Science will be able to comply with these Open Access policies by simply depositing a copy of their research papers at DSpace@ScienceUofK, either directly (via self-archiving) or with help from the repository managers (mediated deposit).
According to ITU (International Telecommunication Union) with a population of 45,047,502, Internet users grew from 30,000 in 2000 to 4,200,000 in 2011, it implies that 9.3 percent of the population has an internet access.
Poor ICT infrastructure and Low level of awareness of the potentials of Open Access amongst organizations that sponsor research activities in Sudan.
OASCIR is a 10-month project aiming to promote awareness of Open Access-related issues among the U of K researchers, scholarly community, librarians and beyond. It is funded by EIFL.net.. This project started on March 2011 and two training courses on Open Access and the IR management were scheduled for the end of July- funding of the Project and of this specific training activity respectively by EIFL-OA and the Carlos III University Madrid. See also OASCIR Project blog
The Open University of Sudan (OUS) is a partner with The Open University (UKOU) in the project Teacher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa Project (TESSA). It brings together teachers and teacher educators from across Africa. It offers a range of materials (Open Educational Resources) in four languages to support school based teacher education and training.
National and Institutional Level Policies/Mandates
Many current funding agencies operating in Sudan have established some kind of Open Access policy, by which the research results of such funding (that is mainly research papers) should be made available Open Access within 6 or 12 months from its publication on a research journal.
Details of Key Organizations
Open University of Sudan (OUS), In pursuit of the desire to liberate higher education from the limitations of time and place, the Sudanese Council of Ministers founded the Open University of Sudan (OUS) in 2002. OUS is a partner with The Open University (UKOU) in the project Teacher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa Project (TESSA).
Communication address: P.O.B:13091, Ebaid Khatim St., Arkaweet, Khartoum, Sudan. Tel.: 8324277500249, Fax: 00249183242776; e-mail: info(at)ous.edu.sd, Abdalaziz Gabir Mohamed Omer,:e-mail: abdalazizgabir(at)yahoo.com
Past and Future OA Related Activities
Open Access Anthropology in Africa is a multilingual anthropology portal with news blogs in English, German and Norwegian posted an introduction to Open Access Anthropology in Africa highlighting the anthropology related papers in Sudan Open Archive
A Workshop on Digital Libraries was held during 14 –18 December 2002 in Khartoum, Sudan, by Sudan British Council in collaboration with Documentation and Information Centre of National Centre for Research and Sudatel Training Centre, entitled ”The Impact of Ncr-Dic Readiness In Realizing Sudan Digital Library” By Rafaa Ashmallah Ghobrial.
Free publishing and access opportunities with the Oxford Journals, Oxford Open initiative on 14 Jul 2009, it includes full and optional open access across more than 70 journals in every subject area. For each of the Oxford Journals that offers an open access model listed here authors in the developing countries.
Open Access awareness-raising campaign among researchers at the Faculty of Science, University of Khartoum (UofK) implemented by the Faculty of Science, University of Khartoum Library with the partner: GrandIR, CB, a Carlos III University Madrid and launched this blog.
In April 2011, Sudan was amongst the five winner projects presented in Africa in the EIFL call for proposals: Open access advocacy campaigns. EIFL provided financial support to 11 projects - national and institutional open access advocacy campaigns to reach out to research communities: five projects in Africa (Botswana, Ghana, Malawi, Sudan and Zimbabwe)
Report from the OASCIR Training Week (Jul 24-30th). Along the week from Jul 24th to 30th, a series of training courses and dissemination activities on Open Access and the DSpace@ScienceUofK pilot Institutional Repository (IR) were held at the University of Khartoum (UofK) in the framework of the eIFL.net-funded OASCIR Project (Open Access Scientific Institutional Repository).
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