African Digital Research Repositories, update July 2019
In 2019 the International African Institute undertook to update and develop its project initiated in 2015/16 to publish an aggregated list of institutional repositories, containing significant research and publication materials from the African continent. The list viewable on this webpage, organised by country, represents the repositories known to us at this time. Some 48 new repositories have been added to the original list.
There are a few points we would note from our new research and work to update the list:
Additional repositories have been added for Kenya (+10), Uganda (+5) and Sudan (+7) all representing significant increases in the materials available for these countries.
There are new repository listings for Libya and Algeria.
In the smaller countries, there is one new repository in Botswana and one in Lesotho.
Overall, the repository landscape looks strongest in East, Southern and North Africa.
Nigeria has added 3 significant repositories, including the American University of Nigeria (AUN) Digital Repository and the Repository of the Central Bank of Nigeria.
Among the countries with no repositories known to us are Angola, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali and Mauritius. We would be pleased to hear about and add any repositories not listed on this page.
We have deleted some repositories from this site where links are no longer functioning. This may be due to servers or university websites being down, but access has nonetheless been lost. Some repositories have been moved to different web hosts and in many cases work better as a consequence. It is helpful to users if redirections can be included when repositories are moved.
We also note with interest the work of Ubuntunet, a regional association of National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) in Africa, that is now hosting some repositories, e.g. the UbuntuNet Alliance Repository.
Stephanie Kitchen and Anna de Mutiis, July 2019