Registration for WACREN 2019 open!

You can now register for the WACREN 2019 Conference and Annual General Meeting to be held in Accra, Ghana on 14-15 March 2019.

The Programme Committee has put together an exciting programme for the participants; please do also consult the General Schedule of the WACREN 2019 Week.

Conference attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a number of fun and exciting social events. Each event offers a unique opportunity to experience some of the local culture and network with fellow attendees.  

Venue and Accommodation
The venue of the event is the Accra Marriott Hotel.  The negotiated rate for bed and breakfast is $180.   

Please follow this link to book your group rate for WACREN 

A special rate of $150 (single occupancy) for bed & breakfast has also been negotiated in the nearby ibis Styles hotel.   Please use this booking form to make reservations and forward to HA0K0-RE@accor.com

These recommended hotels are close to the airport and provide free transfers.   

Money
Forex bureaus, as well as ATMs, are available at the airport and in these hotels.  Banks are generally open only from Monday to Friday (8 am – 4 pm) and Saturday morning, but ATMs are accessible 24/7.

Visa
If you need a visa for Ghana and there is a Ghanaian embassy in your country of residence, we recommend that you apply for a visa there; this will save you some time when you arrive at Accra airport.   Visas can, however, be issued on arrival for a fee of $150 if the option is selected on the registration form before February 22, 2019.

If you hold a passport from an ECOWAS country, you don’t need a visa to enter Ghana.

Quick links:

·       Conference website: https://indico.wacren.net/event/71/

·       LIBSENSE II Workshop: https://indico.wacren.net/event/77/

Don’t miss WACREN 2019 and a historical event: the first to be hosted in a connected NREN.

We look forward to welcoming you to Accra!

Report from the LIBSENSE Repository Workshop I

By Kathleen Shearer, Omo Oaiya and Iryna Kuchma

On November 19 & 20, 2018, a repository workshop was held in Zanzibar City, Tanzania. The workshop was jointly organized by West and Central African Research and Education Network (WACREN), EIFL and the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) in conjunction with the UbuntuNet Alliance Conference as part of the LIBSENSE Initiative.

The aim of the meeting was to start building a community of practice for repositories on the African continent and to define a collaborative agenda for libraries and research and education networks (RENs) in Africa related repositories and value-added services.

This is the first in a series of meetings to develop a more cohesive strategy for strengthening and building repository networks in Africa. The two-day workshop convened library and national and regional RENs from African countries to explore how institutional and national repositories can better engage with NREN services in order to break down institutional silos, add value to repositories, and support the growth of open science in the region.  A second meeting of the West and Central African community will be held in Accra, Ghana on March 11&12, 2019 in conjunction with the WACREN 2019 conference. This will be followed in Alexandria, Egypt on April 27-29, 2019 with a third meeting targeted at the North African community of the Arab States Research and Education Network (ASREN)

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