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)

CALL FOR PAPERS – WACREN 2019 - Deadline for submission of abstract extended to 14 December 2018

WACREN is organizing its 5th Annual Conference on 14-15 March 2019 in Accra, hosted by the Ghanaian Academic and Research Network (GARNET).

The theme of the conference is: "Beyond Networks: Applications and Services".

This is a call for papers for the conference. Interested authors are invited to submit abstracts (500-600 words) on the following or related subjects:

i)        Applications and Services (Cloud Services and Collaboration Tools, Trust and Identity, Cybersecurity)
ii)      User and Science Engagement
iii)     Teaching and Learning
iv)     NREN Business Models and Use Cases
v)       Advanced Network Technologies

The schedule (deadlines) is as follows:

1. Submission of abstracts: 7 14 December 2018
2. Notification of acceptance to authors: 28 December 2018
3. Submission of full papers: 1 March 2019
4. Submission of presentations: 8 March 2019

All documents must be submitted online through the conference website

For authors of selected papers who are not able to get full or partial sponsorship from their organizations to attend the conference, support may be provided for travel or accommodation, subject to availability of resources (for maximum one author per paper).

If you have any question, please feel free to contact us at

We look forward to your active participation.

The WACREN 2019 Programme Committee

New Staff and Roles at WACREN

WACREN is pleased to announce developments in its Secretariat staffing: Mr. Omo Oaiya is now Chief Strategy Officer in charge of Business Development and Mr. Alain Aina is now Chief Technology Officer. 

Mrs. Tigui Bah has joined the team as Executive Assistant.



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