2020 Update #4: An Alliance to Advance Open Infrastructure

Electronic Information for Libraries (eIFL), The West African and Central African Research and Education Network (WACREN) and Coko have partnered to advance efforts toward Open Infrastructure to advance Open Access publishing in Africa.

The partnership kicked off in late 2019 with several webinars, and we are now bringing together a group of interested early stakeholders for a workshop in March of this year in Porto-Novo, Benin.

“The coalition that will emerge is a step towards the establishment of a framework for modernised and sustainable scholarly communications infrastructure, a key deliverable of AfricaConnect3, the pan-African project of the three regional research networks,” commented Omo Oaiya, Chief Strategy Officer at WACREN. “The workshop will stimulate our communities to think about the best solutions for researchers and institutions across Africa.”

“We welcome publishers, researchers, and tool builders to attend this LIBSENSE workshop and work together to co-design collaborative free and open source open access publishing infrastructures,” commented Iryna Kuchma, Open Access Program Manager at eIFL.

“While Coko is a very geographically diverse team and community I have been looking for ways to diversify this further,” said Adam Hyde. “This coalition with its initial meeting in March is an exciting step in this direction. WACREN and EIFL are also awesome partners and the collaboration has been very rewarding.”

About EIFL

EIFL (Electronic Information for Libraries) is a not-for-profit organization that works with libraries to enable access to knowledge in developing and transition economy countries in Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe and Latin America.

About WACREN

WACREN is the West and Central African Research and Education Network. WACREN mission is to build and operate a world class network infrastructure, develop state of the art services, promote collaboration among national, regional, international research and education communities and build the capacity of the REN community