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.
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.