University of Namibia Scholarly Repository Boosts Research Visibility


From Bram Luyten, @mire

Windhoek, Namibia  The Scholarly Communication Africa Programme within the University of Namibia is set to launch the scholarly repository https://repository.unam.na and digital collections archive http://digital.unam.na later in the year. The institutional digital repository provides online access to myriad publications and research output at the University. The repository service collects, preserves, and distributes digital material of a scholarly nature. The digital collections archive serves as a general storage space for other forms of content not suitable for the scholarly repository. This space can accommodate a mix of research and teaching content, and currently houses UNAM exam papers, undergraduate thesis and dissertations etc.

The scholarly repository and digital collections archive were setup using a software application named Dspace. DSpace is an open source repository application for delivering digital content to end-users. DSpace application tools enable digital content management and easy navigation for end-users. It provides the flexibility to deposit and manage electronic documents, images and links. The University engaged @mire for customization of the themes and development of batch ingest utilities.

The Scholarly Communication in Africa Programme (SCAP) is a research and implementation initiative aimed at increasing the visibility and developmental impact of a spectrum of research outputs from universities in Southern Africa. Repository support of scholarly communication is a core component of the institutional mission to boost the visibility of research at universities.

This work was carried out with the aid of a grant from the International Development Research Centre, Ottawa, Canada.

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