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Open Access in South Africa

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Dear all



We now have the following in place. Anyone can join and make use of the resources listed especially on the wiki, maintained by Hilton Gibson (Linux/ Ubuntu expert and Systems Administrator at the Stellenbosch University). Please also contribute so that we can all together help build a resource pool for South Africa re DSpace and other related issues.



IRTalk – less technical issues on IR’s, open access, digital preservation, digital curation, etc. are communicated




DuraSpace – discussion list for the SA DSpace/ DuraSpace workgroup - mostly technical issues (maintained and managed by Hilton Gibson)




IR Wiki – lots and lots of info – will be especially useful to DSpace technical guys (coordinator: Hilton Gibson)



irtalk@lists.lib.sun.ac.za  - For IR and related issues – less technical. Open for all – SA and others.

duraspace@lists.lib.sun.ac.za – For DSpace technical issues. Open for all – SA and others.

scholar@lists.lib.sun.ac.za – For the Stellenbosch Community – mailing list covers issues on theses/dissertations, other research material hosted on SUNScholar (http://scholar.sun.ac.za ) and other US IR’s.




With kind regards



Check out http://ir.sun.ac.za/wiki/index.php/Main_Page for comprehensive information on:


- Open Access

- Digitisation

- Managing your IR

- Digitisation

- Capacity Planning and your IR

- DSpace on Ubuntu

- Digital preservation


This wiki is used for documentation regarding the Institutional Repository of the University of Stellenbosch and the Electronic Thesis and Dissertations of the University of Stellenbosch and was compiled by Hilton Gibson, Systems Administrator at Stellenbosch University. Most of the material contained in this wiki was used during the DSpace Technical Workshop presented during September.


This is a very useful and comprehensive resource for all working on repositories and open access. You are welcome to use it as a resource to build African and South African repositories.


With kind regards,



Ina Smith

Digital Librarian/ IR Manager

Stellenbosch University

Phone: 00 27 808 9139

E-mail: ismith@sun.ac.za 

Skype: smith.ina




As part of its Open Access Day celebrations http://www.library.up.ac.za/openup/oaday.htm)

the University of Pretoria Library Services launched its list of Accredited Open Access Journals - South Africa (AOAJSA) (http://www.library.up.ac.za/aoajsa.htm) . The 600 titles are all listed in one or more of the following and hence qualify for the South African Department of Education's university subsidy scheme:

Web of Science Science Citation Index Expanded

Web of Science Social Sciences Citation Index

Web of Science Arts & Humanities Citation Index

IBSS Journal List

DoE List of Accredited South African Journals

In South Africa university researchers will probably not publish in open access journals unless they are also seen to be reputable and the publication fee is affordable.  Accreditation by the DoE is viewed a basic indicator of a journal’s reputation and publishing in one of these journals will earn the university and the researcher some money.

This is a resource for all SA universities and we welcome comments and contributions.


Thank you Monica Hammes, University of Pretoria



Open Access in South Africa

If you have any initiatives you would like to share with the rest of the world, please do not hesitate to post it to the OA Wiki at



Ina Smith input on the DRIVER wiki is perhaps more comprehensive than this:

Check it out here



Boloka, the Research Repository of the North-West University in South Africa was  exposed to the global research community today in the  DRIVER Research Infrastructure


As the  first African repository to go global, the contents of Boloka, which means to store, to keep safe, or to preserve,  can now be searched in conjunction with over 1 million other research papers harvested by DRIVER and made openly accessible through Open Access institutional repositories.


The repository comprises electronic theses,  an Open Access journal (Potchefstroom Electronic Law Journal) as well as the research output of the University of the North West, and periodic  harvesting will capture incremental growth.  As many OAI repositories contain restricted content, DRIVER harvests only those repositories that voluntarily register for prior validation and confirmation of data quality.  To assist in improving data standards, and ultimately ensuring the interoperability of data in global information spaces, DRIVER provides support for repository managers in online Guidelines for Content Providers.   Boloko was validated and registered smoothly, which speaks highly of the interoperability standards achieved.


Congratulations are due to repository manager, Louw Venter, and his team at NWU .  Louw says: " This has been a tough road for us so far having to figure out a lot of things on our own, so we are also very proud of what we've achieved, in what I think is a relatively short time. Initially I just used the Validation tool to see if our repository is more or less on track and was reassured when the results looked good, which gave me confidence to register."


Repository managers are invited to validate their own repository and register with confidence in the knowledge that the research papers of your  researchers can enjoy full exposure to their respective disciplines and subject communities. 

To find out more, visit the Driver website: Register your Repository:  http://validator.driver.research-infrastructures.eu/validatorWeb/


US Sumposium 2006 presentation on US initiative on Centre for Invasion Biology repository, entitled :

Supporting a research repository information infrastructure



What is Wrong with Digital Repository Software? by Dr Hoossein Suleman also at US Symposium, 2006. http://www.lib.sun.ac.za/Sym2006/Presentations/hussein.ppt


Richard Wallis Web 2.0 - Library 2.0 also presented at the above Symposium


Also his blog http://blogs.talis.com/panlibus/



http://www.sabinet.co.za/oai/ is set up for SASLI and the open access

conferences/workshops in South Africa.


The Documentation Centre has embarked on an ambitious project to

digitise its collections. The collections digitised thus far are


available via the Centres website at http://scnc.ukzn.ac.za (Use

digital Library link)


or at http://dcdocs.ukzn.ac.za (Directly).


Please post any queries/suggestions by reply email or telephone 2607350.




K. Chetty

Head Documentation Centre





An E-print respository in SA Hoosain Suleman's UCT Computer Science Department repository at http://pubs.cs.uct.ac.za/



Rhodes eResearch Repository

"is an open access institutional repository of the academic and research output from the Rhodes University community. Current contents include full-text theses, journal articles and papers from conferences, workshops and other events. The repository is administered by Rhodes University Library." From their pages


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