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Title: Open Access Institutional Repositories: Issues and Challenges
Authors: Agyen Gyasi, Kwaku
Corletey, Abednego
Frempong, Agatha Tawiah
Keywords: Information access
Scholarly publishing
Digital archives
Issue Date: 2010
Abstract: The advent of information and communication technology (ICT), and electronic publishing has opened new avenues for scholars to communicate and disseminate their findings to one another. The objective is to ensure that its benefits reach a majority of the society. Open access institutional repository has become one ICT avenue through which academic and research communities make their research results and findings available to their peers. Unfortunately, academic and research institutions in developing countries like Ghana and Africa as a whole have not fully utilized this facility. This paper discusses constraints facing academic institutions in Ghana in setting up their institutional repositories. It looks at the concept of open access institutional repositories, the technical consideration to follow in order to set up an institutional repository and further discusses the prospects to be derived from setting up an institutional repository (IR) and challenges it brings to those deciding to implement it. It also takes a look at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) Library’s institutional repository which is currently the only live IR in Ghana.
Description: Paper first presented at the 2010 GLA AGM at KNUST, Kumasi, Ghana
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/1439
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