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Under construction: Connecting-Africa African studies community portal for research and higher education July 2005 Titia van der Werf Afrika-Studiecentrum Leiden, NL. PROJECT DARC Distributed Africana Repositories Community Funding : SURF Foundation

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Under construction: Connecting-Africa

African studies community portal

for research and higher education

July 2005

Titia van der Werf

Afrika-Studiecentrum

Leiden, NL

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PROJECT DARC

Distributed Africana Repositories Community

Funding: SURF Foundation

1st Tender 2003: € 46.800

2nd Tender 2004: € 140.000

Partners:

Afrika-Studiecentrum

Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences

University of Amsterdam

University of Groningen

University of Leiden

University of Wageningen

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Focus:

  • Research in the Netherlands
  • Aim:
    • Strengthen African Studies in the Netherlands: more unity and visibility on the web
    • Improve access to Dutch research material via the Internet
    • Foster exchanges and co-operation in Dutch research and higher education
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Approach:

  • By developing jointly a service to the benefit of all participants
  • Based on existing building blocs
  • Database of Africanists in the Netherlands
  • Embedded in national infrastructures
    • DARE (Digital Academic Repositories)
    • NOD (Dutch Research Database)
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IMPLEMENTATION MODEL DARE

Subject

Gateway

Connecting

Africa

DAREnet

Search

H

H

H

IR

IR

IR

IR

IR

IR

IR

ORG

ORG

ORG

ORG

ORG

ORG

ORG

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IMPLEMENTATION MODEL DARC

University-

department

Dutch Research

Database

Input

module

Request

info

DARC

Harvester

IR

University

Library

Connecting-Africa

African Studies Portal

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Core community

  • 350 Africanists in the Netherlands
  • 110 university units and research schools
  • Interested parties
  • Dutch academics doing research on Africa
  • Africanists from elsewhere; policy-makers; NGO staff; journalists; etc.
  • Content
  • metadata records (approx. 2000)
  • with links to full-text publications (approx. 300)
  • digitised publications of the ASC (approx.100)
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Repositories harvested:

  • Site Records
  • University Leiden: 1941
  • University Groningen: 3565
  • University of Amsterdam: 15474
  • Wageningen University: 103227
  • Total of 124245 records harvested
  • Records filtered:
  • Approx.300 records filtered with list of African country and regions names (excl. Wageningen)
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Software development

  • 1. OAI Harvest Manager
  • Based on open source software
  • Enhanced with a scheduler and other functionalities
  • Available as open source software
  • 2. OAI Harvest Analyser
  • Developed from scratch
  • Matches harvested records with controlled vocabularies
  • Filtering mechanism based on weighted results
  • Will be made available as open source software
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AFRICAN STUDIES

      • are not restricted to the Netherlands
  • we also harvested the repository of the School of Oriental and African Studies in London (SOAS)
  • see title 25 on next sheet …
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AFRICAN STUDIES

      • distributed community
      • interdisciplinary
      • niche research area
  • Strong starting points for
      • developing virtual community
      • pulling in Africa-related research
      • achieving cross-sectoral synergies
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FUTURE of CONNECTING-AFRICA

  • cover African Studies in the Netherlands
  • harvest other OAI repositories containing African Studies material
  • encourage colleagues in Europe to deposit material in OAI compliant repositories
  • encourage African colleague research institutions to set up OAI compliant repositories (harvest content from Africa)
  • enlarge the community with specialists on Africa from NGO’s, the media, governments, etc.
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Connecting

  • African Studies
  • Globally !