Open access in Senegal | EIFL

“The EIFL Open Access Programme  began raising awareness about open access (OA) in Senegal in 2010 when, with our partner consortium, COBESS (Consortium des Bibliothèques de l’Enseignement Supérieur du Sénégal), we organized the first OA workshop in Dakar. The workshop brought together researchers, students, librarians, ICT staff and legal experts. 

In 2013, As a result of the workshop, the Rector of  Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar (UCAD), which is the oldest university with the largest number of professors and academic staff in Senegal, issued Circular No. 721 addressed to deans and directors of research institutes inviting candidates applying for evaluation and promotion at CAMES (Conseil Africain et Malgache pour l’Enseignement Supérieur) to register and deposit their articles and theses and dissertations in a digital library, which serves as an institutional OA repository. 

Dakar is also the headquarters for CODESRIA (the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa), and EIFL had the opportunity to raise awareness about OA policies, repositories and journal platforms to a wider audience at the Fourth CODESRIA Conference ‘The Open Access Movement and the Future of Africa’s Knowledge Economy’ on 30 March – 1 April 2016. Delegates to the conference adopted the ‘Dakar Declaration on Open Access Publishing in Africa and the Global South’, which calls on scholars/researchers and students, policy makers and other stakeholders to undertake research and share findings of research that will improve the quality of people’s lives.  

In 2019, EIFL gave a keynote address at the first open science conference in Africa (23 – 25 October). The conference, themed ‘Open Science in the South. Issues and Perspectives for a New Dynamic’, released the ‘Declaration for the Sharing and Opening of Research Data for Sustainable Development’ [in French]….”

Dakar Declaration on Open Science in Africa

“The Dakar Declaration on Open Science in Africa was prepared for and signed by the participants to the Sci-GaIA Workshop on “Promoting Open Science in Africa”, to the 2nd TANDEM Workshop and to the WACREN Conference 2016, all held in Dakar in March 2016. After those events, the Sci-GaIA Consortium has decided to put the declaration on the website of the project to allow everybody sharing it to sign it online. The declaration is released under the Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0 International License….”

Job opportunity: Director of Publications at CODESRIA

“The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) invites applications from suitably qualified African professionals to fill the vacant position of Director of Publications in its pan-African Secretariat located in Dakar, Senegal….Applicants must: …4. Be abreast of the developments in open access publishing/scholarship….”

Project SOHA

From Google’s English: “Convinced that open science can be an empowerment tool and cognitive justice for Haiti and Francophone African countries, from Senegal a researcher and a Quebec researcher mounted a project that is both in knowledge and in action.,,,The project aims to create an international network of students and researchers, men and women, who practice and teach open science.”