Setting the Scene: Research and authorship in context
Accessing the Latest Research in East and Southern African Universities: Some thoughts from the ACU’s Arcadia Project
Jon Harle, Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU)
Strengthening Research in Developing Country Universities: Unravelling the issues
John Kirkland, Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU)
The Global Research Effort: Perspectives from Africa, Asia and Latin America
Africa – Strengthening Access to Global Research Information through Partnerships
Agatha Kabugu, Systems Librarian, University of Nairobi Library
Asia – Pakistan National Digital Library Program : Knowledge @ your fingertips
Sana Javed, Digital Library Operating Officer, HEC, Pakistan
Latin America – Challenges in the study of Latin American scientific production: a case study on Cuba
Ricardo Arencibia Jorge MSc, Head of Scientific Information Department of the National Scientific Research Center, Cuba
Concepción Díaz Mayans PhD Advisor at the Ministry of Higher Education of Cuba
The Publisher Service Provider Contribution to Lessening the Digital Divide
Journals Online: Increasing the visibility of national research
Sioux Cumming, INASP
Global Accessibility: The role of the content provider
Alan Jackson, Aptivate This session has been blogged at:
The Missing Link in the Research Cycle: AuthorAID at INASP
Julie Walker, INASP
Speaker Biographies – in order of presentation:
Jonathan Harle is Programme Officer at the Association of Commonwealth Universities, and works on a number of initiatives designed to support and strengthen research in African universities. He also manages the ACU’s Libraries and Information Network, which brings together librarians, publishers and others working in the information field across the Commonwealth.
John Kirkland is Deputy Secretary General of the Association of Commonwealth Universities and Executive Secretary of the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, the UK government’s main arm for scholarships for developing countries. John has led a number of projects designed to support the strengthening of research capacity in African universities. He has also established programmes and networks for university staff in other key areas, including, libraries, human resources, PR/communications and extension work.
Agatha N Kabugu is currently serving as Systems Librarian for the University Library and overall responsibility is planning, development, management and sustainability of Library ICT systems. Her responsibilities include identifying national, regional, and international collaboration that can benefit the library in the area of electronic/digital libraries and taching undergraduate information literacy programme. She headed the Medical Library as a College Librarian from 2006 to 2009. Agatha has been the PERii country coordinator since 2009. Major areas of concentration is training/capacity building in access and management of electronic resources. Has participated in several training programmes both locally and internationally. Agatha has been a trainer in Makerere University, Dar es Salaam, National University of Rwanda among others.
Agatha has participated in conferences both locally and internationally and made presentations in such conferences as well as engaging in consultancies locally. A major achievement is raising awareness about electronic resources not only in the University of Nairobi but also within member institutions of the Kenya Consortium (Kenya Library and Information Services Consortium).
Sana Javed is Digital Library Operating Officer working on the HEC (Higher Education Commission) – National Digital Library Program in Pakistan since 2007. She has a Masters in Computer Science (MSc) from Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad. Her remit includes:
- Conducting Digital Library Training Workshops (In Public/Private Sector Universities and Research & Development Organizations of Pakistan).
- Managing the Digital Library Website: http://digitallibrary.edu.pk/
- Resolve Resources Access Queries (provide technical support).
- Facilitate research and assisting researchers through: Electronic and telephonic media and British Library Document Delivery Service
Ricardo Arencibia Jorge is Head of the Scientific Information Department of the National Scientific Research Center, in Havana, Cuba as well as being Coordinator of the Cuban Network of Scientometric Studies for Higher Education. Ricardo is a member of the Cuban Association of Librarians (ASCUBI) and the Cuban Society of Information Sciences (SOCICT). He has specialized in Scientometrics and Informetrics, with more than 50 articles published in peer reviewed journals, and more than 60 papers presented in national and international scientific meetings. Editor for the international repository E-LIS: E-prints for Library and Information Science. He is associated editor of ACIMED: journal of the information professionals in Health Sciences, and member of the editorial committee of the journals Bibliotecas (Cuba), Ciencias de la Información (Cuba) and Biblios (Peru). His PhD studies are related with the scientometric study of the Cuban scientific activity.
He is a Graduate in Information Sciences from the University of Havana and holds a Master in Library and Information Science from the University of Havana and Diploma of Advances Studies in Documentation and Scientific Information from the University of Granada, Spain.
Sioux Cumming is the Programme Officer for Publishing Support at INASP. She works on the INASP Journals Online project (JOLs) on five JOLs (BanglaJOL, NepJOL, PhilJOL, SLJOL and VJOL). Sioux identifies new journals to be included and works with the editors to manage their journals and upload new content. She also administers the websites, records their usage statistics and produces newsletters for each of them. Sioux is also involved in training editors in the publishing workshops and she works closely with the Head of Publishing Support on the AuthorAID project which supports early career researchers in getting their papers published and otherwise communicating their research.
She has presented papers at ELPUB 2009, the International PKP Scholarly Publishing Conference 2009 and co-wrote a presentation for e-Asia 2009 with editors from Sri Lanka.
Alan Jackson is Chief Technical Officer of Aptivate. Aptivate is dedicated to developing ICT services that facilitate communication for unconnected communities, empowering ordinary people across the developing world to improve their lives.
Julie Walker is INASP’s Head of Publishing Support, she joined the team in July 2007, having worked for a leading scientific publisher for eight years. The remit of the role is to oversee the planning, development and implementation of the Publishing Support programme including the AuthorAID project. She has lived and worked in Africa and Asia.
INASP and ACU would like to thank the publishers who have provided sponsorship towards the PfD Meeting and the 2010 PERii Steering Committee Meeting: