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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 and digital collections archive 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.