Africa: Open Access Week 2010

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This is not an exhaustive list of countries. If you want to add your event and your country is not listed here feel free to add it in alphabetical order.


  • Contact: Mandy Taha, EIFL Open Access country coordinator.
  • Location: Alexandria
  • Link for more details, if available: October 17: Mandy Taha, EIFL Open Access country coordinator gave a seminar for students and young researchers at in the Bibliotheca Alexandrina “Open Access: Explore, learn, and share effectively”; October 19: “Open Access? Get more citations!” workshop at the Science Faculty, Alexandria University; October 20: Open Access for students and young researchers workshop at Arab Academy for Science and Technology; and October 24: workshop Open Access and Librarians Role at the Alexandria library.


  • Contact: Yohannes Mulugeta
  • Location: Addis Ababa University.
  • Link for more details, if available: Addis Ababa University celebrated Open Access week with a series of events.


  • Contact: the Institutional Repository team of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology Kumasi
  • Location: Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology Kumasi
  • Link for more details, if available: On Wednesday, 20th October 2010 there was a debate on the topic OPEN ACCESS AND THE PUBLISHING INDUSTRY - FRIEND OR FOE? Students from the publishing Department of KNUST debated on the topic, which revealed a clear understanding of Open Access to the academics in the university community:

the Institutional Repository team of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology Kumasi released two videos where a researcher ( and a senior assistant librarian ( talk about open access benefits.


  • Contact: BioMed Central
  • Location: Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya from 10-11 November 2010

Open access to the results of scientific and medical research has potential to play an important role in international development, and this conference will discuss the benefits of open access publishing in an African context, from the perspective of both readers seeking access to information, and researchers seeking to globally communicate the results of their work. Registration is free, just follow the link provided.

  • Contact: Danstone Malava, Kimathi University College of Technology, Library Department,
  • Location: Nyeri Kenya
  • Link for more details, if available: series of videos with researchers What a wonderful experience with open access (; Sustainable access to knowledge courtecy of open access ( and Untitled (

  • Contact: Jomo Kenyatta University Library
  • Location: JKUAT Main Campus, Juja, Thika Road, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Link for more details, if available: The JKUAT library is planning a series of activities geared towards creating sensitization and awareness of the open access movement and open access information resources during this week. Some of these activities are:

• Training workshops • Plagiarism detector and referencing techniques • Practical training on use of open resources • Display of Leaflets, posters, brochures, banners on notice boards and graduation • Exhibition desk to display OA promotional materials • Participation in OA Blogs and discussion forums • competitions on creative promotional activities

The JKUAT library will also be promoting the development of an OA repository for JKUAT to allow staff and students to share and disseminate research findings more effectively.


  • Contact: Abdramane Anne and Lassina Diallo
  • Location: the University of Bamako
  • Link for more details, if available: REIMICOM/KENEYA-BLOWN and the library of the faculty of medicine of the University of Bamako organized a conference Rôle de l’Open Access dans l’accès à l’information scientifique dans les pays en voie de développement on October 18-19.


  • Contact: Aissa Mitha Issak, EIFL Open Access country coordinator
  • Location:
  • Link for more details, if available: events in the University libraries.


  • Contact: University of Jos library
  • Location: Jos
  • Link for more details, if available: University of Jos showcasing the successes of open access institutional repository – the first in the country.

South Africa

Wits University started Open Access week with a seminar Openness – the key to creating a culture of innovation at Wits with Professor Derek Keats (Deputy Vice Chancellor, Knowledge and Information Management) and Susan Veldsman (Director: Scholarly Publishing Unit, Academy of Science of South Africa). Among other seminars planned: 19 Oct – Publishing Smart – Tools that maximize scholarly impact; 20 Oct – Open Education - Openness and educational resources; 21 Oct – The Right to Research – an activists guide to Open Access; 22 Oct – What are you doing about Open Access?

On October 19 the University of Johannesburg organized an Open Access seminar;

  • Contact: Ina Smith
  • Location: Stellenbosch
  • Link for more details, if available:

On October 20 the Stellenbosch University Open Access virtual seminar. On this day the Rector will be signing the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities to demonstrate the University’s commitment to openly sharing its research output with Africa and the rest of the world. Stellenbosch University will become the first African and South African university to sign this declaration.

On October 22 a launch of the Research Repository at the University of the Western Cape is planed. The formal programme features a high profile researcher who chairs the Committee on Scholarly Publishing in South Africa, some presentations about Open Access and reform of scholarly communication system, a theatrical sketch performed by faculty librarians, and a handover of OA t-shirts to early adopters and supporters of the Repository.


  • Contact: Paul Muneja, The University of Dar es Salaam, and EIFL-OA country coordinator
  • Location: The University of Dar es Salaam
  • Link for more details, if available: Consortium for Tanzania Universities and Research Libraries (COTUL) will hold an open access event during OA week.


  • Contact: Gloria Kadyamatimba, Chinhoyi University of Technology, and EIFL-OA country coordinator
  • Location:Chinhoyi University of Technology
  • Link for more details, if available: Chinhoyi University of Technology is organising an open access workshop for academic staff on the 26th of October. The workshop will cover open access publishing and institutional repositories.