Eve Gray (Center for Learning Technologies, University of Cape Town) has posted an excellent piece about Open Educational Resources (OER) policy and practice in South Africa: Fast-tracking OER policy and practice in South Africa – UNISA on the move: http://ip-unit.org/2014/fast-tracking-oer-policy-and-practice-in-south-africa-unisa-on-the-move/.
Kenya Libraries and Information Services Consortium (KLISC) and the University of Nairobi (UoN) hosted an OA publishing workshop on June 5, 2014 as a part of the project “OA: Knowledge sharing and sustainable scholarly communication in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda” funded by Spider.
Workshop attendees included staff from Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research offices, members of Boards for Postgraduate Research, scholarly journals editors, researchers and librarians from the UoN, Embu University College, Kimathi University of Technology and Catholic University.
EIFL-OA Programme Manager gave an introduction to OA publishing. And Ina Smith, an expert on OA from Stellenbosch University (SU) in South Africa, talked about OA publishing from an institutional perspective and presented SU OA publishing platform and its impact.
Workshop attendees agreed to move forward with institutional installations of Open Journal Systems (https://pkp.sfu.ca/ojs/) – free and open source software for journal management and publishing – and with practicing OA publishing for their currently published and newly launched scholarly journals.
OA has been very high on the research agenda at the UoN. Development and implementation of OA policy is an integral part of building institutional research uptake capacity at UoN. See Development Research Uptake in Sub-Saharan Africa (DRUSSA) Snapshot: UoN’s progress towards institutionalizing research uptake in which Prof. Lucy. W. Irungu, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research, Production and Extension, talks about UoN’s