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Contribution of East Africa region to open access literature: The case of OpenDOAR

Show simple item record Chirwa, M. N. Mnzava, E. E. 2018-10-26T06:58:37Z 2018-10-26T06:58:37Z 2017-11
dc.description Library Philosophy and Practice (e-journal) 2017 en_US
dc.description.abstract This paper is based on the findings of a study that evaluated the initiatives taken by East African countries to embrace the open access movement. Specifically, the study analysed the position of East African countries in disseminating open access literature in Africa and globally; determined the contribution of each East African country to global open access literature; identified the type of document as well as Open source software they used. Moreover, the study analysed the subject content of OARs and identified the language for the archived items. The study first used literature review to determine current status of open access in East Africa, then the Directory of Open Access Repositories (OpenDOAR) were accessed to get the required data. The results revealed that East African counties make only a miniscule contribution to Open Access literature of about 0.022 percent of items found in global OARs and 1.2 percent by number of repositories. The study concluded that East African countries with a slight exception of Kenya lag far behind in open access literature. The study, therefore, recommends more efforts to be made by individual East African countries to make necessary arrangements required to adopt and use OA repositories to enhance free access to knowledge and information and, consequently, boost socioeconomic development in the region. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Open access en_US
dc.subject Repositories en_US
dc.subject Scholarly communication en_US
dc.subject East Africa en_US
dc.title Contribution of East Africa region to open access literature: The case of OpenDOAR en_US
dc.type Article en_US
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