COAR, TCC Africa and AfricArXiv sign partnership agreement

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We are pleased to announce that the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) and TCC Africa in collaboration with AfricArXiv have signed a partnership agreement focused on strengthening capacity and infrastructure for Open Science in Africa. 

Launched in June 2018, AfricArXiv is a community-led digital archive for African research communication. We provide a non-profit platform to upload working papers, preprints, accepted manuscripts (post-prints), presentations, and data sets via our partner platforms. AfricArxiv is dedicated to foster research and collaboration among African scientists, enhance the visibility of African research output and to increase collaboration globally.

The Training Centre in Communication (TCC Africa), is the first African-based training centre to teach effective communication skills to scientists. TCC Africa is a strategic partner organisation and through its director holds a seat at the AfricArXiv advisory board. 

COAR is an international association that brings together individual repositories and repository networks in order to build capacity, align policies and practices, and act as a global voice for the repository community. 

The aim of the partnership is to work together to foster the concept of bibliodiversity through information sharing, capacity building, and advocacy work, as well as enable AfricArXiv to engage with international peers in Africa and globally about best practices and next generation repository functionalities. 

“Open Science should not be seen as a trend but a necessity and forging this partnership with COAR is the step in the right direction in increasing African research output and visibility,”

TCC Africa’s director Joy Owango

The partnership will enable TCC Africa and AfricArXiv team members to engage in COAR discussions and issues related to repositories and open science, and enhance COAR’s understanding of the issues and challenges in the African context.

“We are very pleased to enter into this partnership. It is critical that we have direct relationships with stakeholders in Africa, such as TCC Africa and AfricArXiv, so that we can ensure the global network of repositories and open science policies and practices are inclusive and responsive to the needs on that continent.”

Kathleen Shearer, Executive of COAR

About the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR)

Website: https://www.coar-repositories.org/ 

COAR is an international association with 157 members and partners from around the world representing libraries, universities, research institutions, government funders and other from over 50 countries on all 5 continents. COAR’s vision is a sustainable, inclusive and trusted global knowledge commons based on a network of open access digital repositories.

About TCC Africa – Training Centre in Communication

Website: https://www.tcc-africa.org/ 

The Training Centre in Communication (TCC Africa), is the first African-based training centre to teach effective communication skills to scientists. TCC Africa is an award winning Trust, established as a non-profit entity in 2006 and is registered in Kenya.  TCC Africa provides  capacity support in improving researchers  output and visibility through training in scholarly and science communication. and research capacity  webinars. The  support is extended to research institutes and governments. Since inception TCC Africa has supported over 5,800 researchers, from over thirty six (36) different countries and over eighty (80) institutions have taken part in the long and short courses offered. 

About AfricArXiv – the Open Access repository platform for African 

Website: https://info.africarxiv.org/ 

Launched in June 2018, AfricArxiv is a community-led digital archive for African research communication. We provide a non-profit platform to upload working papers, preprints, accepted manuscripts (post-prints), presentations, and data sets via our partner platforms. AfricArxiv is dedicated to foster research and collaboration among African scientists, enhance the visibility of African research output and to increase collaboration globally.

TCC Africa is a strategic partner organisation and through its director Ms Joy Owango holds a seat at the AfricArXiv advisory board since the beginning. AfricArxiv and TCC Africa understand and acknowledge the respective expertise in promoting quality research output and enhancing research communication skills amongst scientists on the African continent in partnership with COAR.


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