Background &

Welcome to the NADRE Project

Towards the Ethiopian Knowledge Society

Background Information

The National Academic Digital Repository of Ethiopia (NADRE) intends to provide researchers, lecturers, students and stakeholders from outside of the academic world access to all research works published by Ethiopian universities and research institutions. AII public and private universities as well as research institutions will contribute to the NADRE and will provide all citizens access to it.

The objective of NADRE is threefold:

  1. To increase the access of academics and citizens in Ethiopia and worldwide to research works published by Ethiopian researchers at one of the Ethiopian universities or research institutions.
  2. To foster the dissemination of research outcomes and make them, as well as their authors, more visible inside and outside the country.
  3. To spread completed research to other corners of the country to allow other researchers to build on. For the time being, the NADRE will mainly include Master theses, dissertations, journals, articles, conference proceedings as well as all works published by researchers from Ethiopian universities and research institutions as well as from Ethiopian researcher living abroad. AII artefacts will be published under Creative Commons licenses and will be tagged with Digital Object Identifiers (DOls).

In order to complement and feed the NADRE each Ethiopian university is encouraged to build its own repository and to provide the Ethiopian Research and Education Network (EthERNet) access to that university repository in order to harvest and amalgamate publications from these repositories to a compiled National Academic Digital Repository of Ethiopia. Those universities that are not currently able to establish their own repository will get support from EthERNet to deploy their own Institutional Academic Repository (ADR). However, each university will be responsible for the curation of contents stored its own ADR.

The main stakeholders in the implementation of the NADRE are Ethiopian universities and research institutions, EthERNet and the Higher Education Strategy Center (HESC), which also share their responsibilities to make the NADRE happen.

The tasks and subsequently the individual actions will derive from the above listed responsibilities. The structure of the NADRE is elaborated with external experts and consultants, such as Prof. Roberto Barbera from the University of Catania, Italy. Since the technical facilities for a NADRE are available, the NADRE Project will focus on the structure of the repository and it will analyse and evaluate the training needs at university/institution level and provide tutorials and training material to overcome identified shortcomings and knowledge gaps.

The NADRE Project organized a Kick-off Conference on February 19-22, 2018 with the participation of knowledgeable speakers from abroad to introduce Ethiopian University Presidents and Vice-presidents as well as Directors of Ethiopian research institutions and Directors of University Libraries to the international experiences with ADRs and to ADR’s value for innovation and economy. A video-documentary of the event has been produced by PI4, the NADRE dissemination and communication partner, and it can be watched here.

NADRE Training Workshops were held in October 2018 at Aksum, Dilla, Gondar and Jimma Universities. For more information about these NADRE events, follow this link.

Responsibilities of universities and research institutions are the following:

  • Those universities and research institutions with a repository will provide access to it in order to accommodate it within the NADRE repository.
  • To disseminate among their researchers the standards necessary to accommodate research works to the NADRE repository.
  • To promote the creation of ORCID IDs by their researchers.
  • To manage the issuance of DOls to tag research documents.
  • To handle the license issue with their researchers.
  • To run the plagiarism check, prior the research documents will be provided to the NADRE.
  • To curate their ADR.

Responsibilities of EthERNet are the following:

  • To provide the space on the cloud or server to host the NADRE and the ADRs of those universities and research institutions requesting them.
  • To provides the technical support.
  • To do the programming necessary for the NADRE to be fully accessible and in operation.
  • To manage the creation of DOI sub-prefixes to those universities and research institutions requesting them.
  • To inform universities and research institutions how to request and obtain a DOI prefix for their ADR.
  • To train local IT staff to cope with the IT-related challenges arising during their ADR’s operation and maintenance.

Responsibilities of ESC are the following:

  • To coordinate between universities and research institutions and EthERNet.
  • To advise users how to work with the NADRE, how to get an ORCID ID and how to link research works to the ORCID profiles of their author(s).
  • To organize workshops and tutorials for digital librarians and curators of the local ADRs.
  • To report towards the Ministry of Education.