Nyerere (Accra Marriot Hotel )


Accra Marriot Hotel

Omo Oaiya (WACREN)

This event, organized in conjunction with the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) and  EIFL as part of the LIBSENSE Initiative, convenes library and NREN stakeholders in the West and Central African region to explore how repositories can operate embedded in NREN e-infrastructure and provide a foundation for an innovative, open, distributed and networked resource for scholarly communication and open science in Africa.   

The 2-day meeting will discuss results of the ongoing LIBSENSE survey in the WACREN region with regards to higher education sector librarians view of the enabling and constraining factors of their practice as information resource managers,  especially regarding the development, implementation and maintenance of open access repositories.

This event follows from the preceding LIBSENSE I event in Zanzibar in November 2018.  It will be followed by the final meeting of stakeholders from the ASREN region at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Egypt from April 27-29, 2019.


  • Share information and develop a community of practice in Africa

  • Learn about international trends

  • Official endorsement of the “Terms of Reference” between libraries and NRENs

  • Identify national, regional and international priorities and sketch out activities

  • Define a framework for communications and collaboration across Africa

    • 9:00 AM 11:00 AM
      Overview of current repository environment in West and Central Africa
      • 9:00 AM
        Introduction to the workshop / Getting to know each other/ expectations 30m
        Speakers: Iryna Kuchma (EIFL), Kathleen Shearer (Confederation of Open Access Repositories), Omo Oaiya (WACREN)
      • 9:30 AM
        Institutional Repositories in Ghana: a CARLIGH perspective 20m
        Speaker: Ms Nina Chachu (CARLIGH Team)
      • 9:50 AM
        OHADA repository developments : What works, what doesn’t and why? 20m

        The OHADA repository is a part of DICAMES, the institutional digital archive of the African and Malagasy Council for Higher Education (CAMES),
        a platform aimed at the conservation and dissemination of all scientific production in French-speaking African countries. Participating countries
        include Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Côte d'Ivoire, Niger and Senegal

        Speaker: Sophie Madiba (OHADA)
      • 10:10 AM
        Developing An Institutional Repository in Sierra Leone: Taking the Leap 20m
        Speaker: Miriam Conteh-Morgan (University of Sierra Leone)
      • 10:30 AM
        Creating a Demonstrator National Open Repository for Nigeria 20m
        Speakers: Stephen Akintunde (University of Jos), Owen Iyoha (Eko-Konnect)
    • 11:00 AM 11:30 AM
      Coffee Break and Group Photo 30m
    • 11:30 AM 12:30 PM
      Overview of current repository environment in West and Central Africa
    • 12:30 PM 1:30 PM
      Lunch 1h
    • 1:30 PM 3:00 PM
      International activities and trends
      • 1:30 PM
        Interoperability and international standards 20m
        Speaker: Iryna Kuchma (EIFL)
      • 1:50 PM
        LA Referencia - efforts towards standardizing metadata in Latin America 20m
        Speaker: Alberto Cabezas (La Referencia / RedCLARA)
      • 2:10 PM
        ORCID and NRENs 20m
        Speaker: Nabil Ksibi (Engagement Lead, Middle East & Africa (ORCID))
      • 2:30 PM
        Standardizing metadata in Africa 30m
    • 3:00 PM 3:30 PM
      Coffee Break 30m
    • 3:30 PM 5:30 PM
      International activities and trends
      • 3:50 PM
        Open Science in Japan - a consortium approach 30m
        Speaker: Kazutsuna Yamaji (National Informatics Institute (NII) / JPCOAR)
      • 4:20 PM
        Open Science in France - building local and national services 30m
        Speaker: Andre Dazy (Couperin)
      • 4:50 PM
        Discussion 30m
      • 5:20 PM
        Wrap up and expectations for Day 2 10m
    • 9:00 AM 10:30 AM
      LIBSENSE Terms of Reference
      • 9:00 AM
        Overview of the LIBSENSE Terms of Reference 30m

        A template for national collaboration between NREN and Libraries

        Speakers: Iryna Kuchma (EIFL), Kathleen Shearer (Confederation of Open Access Repositories), Omo Oaiya (WACREN)
      • 9:30 AM
        Break out groups to discuss the ToR - validation, additions, edits 30m
      • 10:00 AM
        Report back and finalisation of ToR 30m
    • 10:30 AM 11:00 AM
      Coffee Break 30m
    • 11:00 AM 12:30 PM
      LIBSENSE Terms of Reference
      • 11:00 AM
        Next steps for ToR - local adoption and implementation 1h
      • 12:00 PM
        Repository hosting - WACREN pilot and discussion 30m
        Speaker: Omo Oaiya (WACREN)
    • 12:30 PM 1:30 PM
      Lunch 1h
    • 1:30 PM 3:00 PM
      Pan-African Activities
      • 1:30 PM
        The Open Science Trend and the Role of University Libraries 25m
        Speaker: Miho Funamori (National Informatics Institute)
      • 2:00 PM
        Optimising outreach and (user) engagement: tools and strategies to raise awareness. 25m
        Speaker: Dimple Sokartara (GÉANT)
      • 2:20 PM
        Working together - Break out groups on policy, engagement, community of practice, and communication activities 40m
    • 3:00 PM 3:30 PM
      Coffee Break 30m
    • 3:30 PM 4:30 PM
      Pan-African Activities
      • 3:30 PM
        Report back and next steps 50m
      • 4:00 PM
        Wrap up 10m
        Speaker: Boubakar Barry (WACREN)