CALL FOR PROPOSALS

The 15th International Conference on Open Repositories, OR2020, will be held in Stellenbosch, South Africa, from 1-4 June 2020. The organisers are pleased to invite you to contribute to the program.

This year’s conference theme is:

Open for all

In today’s world, access to knowledge by all is viewed by some as a fundamental freedom and human right. In our societies, open knowledge for all can enable sustainable development and growth on many levels. How well do repositories support knowledge in the service of society? How well do they enable local knowledge sharing and support not only academic use, but also use in education and practice?

Invitation to participate

OR2020 will provide an opportunity to explore and reflect on the ways repositories enable openness for all. We hope that this discussion will give the participants new insights and inspiration, which will help them to play a key role in developing, supporting and sharing an open agenda and open tools for research and scholarship.

We welcome proposals on the overall “Open for All” theme, but also on other administrative, organisational or practical topics related to digital repositories. We are particularly interested in the following sub-themes:

Equity and democratization of knowledge / Beyond the repository / Open and sustainable / Policies, licensing and copyright laws / Discovery, use and impact / Supporting open scholarship and cultural heritage

The following submission categories are available:

Presentations / Panels / 24/7 presentations / Posters / Developer track / Workshops and tutorials

Please see detailed information on the Call for proposals page of the Conference website.

Enquiries

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International Open Access Week 2019

International Open Access week is celebrated every year globally during the last week of October. The theme this year is “Open for Whom? Equity in Open Knowledge”.

In celebration of Open Access week the Academy Science of South Africa in partnership with the Library and Information Service will be hosting a dialogue on Open Access publishing lead by Prof Jonathan Jansen. More information on the event is available here.

During Open Access week the Library also uses the opportunity to draw attention to our own Open Access initiatives, which are the following:

  • SUNScholar institutional repository
    • Launched in 2008
    • Provides access to over 55 800 research outputs of SU (including theses, dissertations and articles)
    • Approximately 600 000 visits and 250 000 downloads per annum
  • SUNJournals open access journal hosting platform
    • Launched in 2011
    • Currently hosts 25 journals affiliated with SU
    • Over the last three years these journals collectively hosted more than 300 research outputs contributed by Stellenbosch University researchers
  • SUNDigital Collections digital heritage repository
    • Launched in 2013
    • Showcases library Special Collections
    • 12 917 items in 30 collections
    • Approximately 14 000 visits and 10 000 downloads per annum
  • SUNScholarData research data repository
    • Launched in 2019
    • A repository for SU researchers to share and disseminate their research data in accordance with good research data management practices
    • Facilitates the findability, accessibility and reusability of the university’s research data

 

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South African Journal of Higher Education has just published its latest issue

South African Journal of Higher Education has just published its latest
issue at https://www.journals.ac.za/index.php/sajhe.
We invite you to visit our web site to read articles and items of interest.

Thanks for the continuing interest in our work,
SAJHE Support Team

South African Journal of Higher Education
Vol 33, No 3 (2019): General
Table of Contents
https://www.journals.ac.za/index.php/sajhe/issue/view/133

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African Journal of Business Ethics has just published its latest issue

African Journal of Business Ethics has just published its latest issue at
http://ajobe.journals.ac.za/pub. We invite you to review the Table of Contents here and then visit our web site to review articles and items of interest.

 

 

African Journal of Business Ethics

ajobe.journals.ac.za

The African Journal of Business Ethics (AJoBE) is the official journal of the Business Ethics Network (BEN) Africa. It was established in 2005 with the express purpose of promoting business ethics scholarship on the African continent.

   
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Invitation: Presentation celebrating International Open Access Week

Invitation: Presentation celebrating International Open Access Week
You are cordially invited to the following film screening and panel discussion to celebrate International Open Access Week.

Documentary film: “Paywall: the business of scholarship”

Date: Friday 26 October 2018

Time: 12:00-13:30

Venue: Auditorium, Stellenbosch University Library

Presenters: Isabel Basson, Mimi Seyffert-Wirth & Paulette Talliard

This openly accessible documentary film has sparked interest among Open Access advocates and academics alike, since its first screening earlier this year. The hour-long documentary discusses the need for OA and criticises the inflated profit margins of corporate academic publishers. The film features discussions with a wide variety of researchers, academics, editors and the creator of Sci-Hub.

The screening of the film will be followed by a panel discussion with audience participation, facilitated by Isabel Basson (PhD student and researcher at CREST – Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology), Mimi Seyffert-Wirth (Manager: Digtial Scholarship) and Paulette Talliard (Digital Scholarship Librarian).

The presentation forms part of the Library’s annual celebration of International Open Access Week.

Please note: The film will also be screened in the Medicine and Health Sciences Library (Tygerberg Campus) on 26 October, 11:00-12:00, followed by a discussion with Health Sciences Faculty Librarians.

 

 

 

Uitnodiging: Aanbieding ter viering van Internasionale Ooptoegangweek
U word vriendelik uitgenooi na die volgende filmvertoning en paneelbespreking ter viering van Internasionale Ooptoegangweek.

Dokumentêre film: “Paywall: the business of scholarship”

Datum: Vrydag 26 Oktober 2018

Tyd: 12:00-13:30

Lokaal: Ouditorium, Universiteit Stellenbosch Biblioteek

Aanbieders: Isabel Basson, Mimi Seyffert-Wirth en Paulette Talliard

Sedert die eerste vertoning vroeër vanjaar het hierdie ooptoegangdokumentêr die aandag van voorstanders van Oop Toegang sowel as academici getrek. Die uurlange dokumentêr bespreek die behoefte aan oop toegang tot akademiese bronne en kritiseer die opgedrewe winsgrense van korporatiewe akademiese uitgewers. Die film vertoon gesprekke met verskeie navorsers, academici, redakteurs en die skepper van Sci Hub.

Die filmvertoning sal gevolg word deur ‘n paneelbespreking met bydraes uit die gehoor, gefasiliteer deur Isabel Basson (PhD student en navorser by CREST – Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology), Mimi Seyffert-Wirth (Bestuurder: Digtiale Akademieskap) en Paulette Talliard (Bibliotekaris: Digitale Akademieskap).

Die aanbieding vorm deel van die Biblioteek se jaarlikse viering van Internasionale Ooptoegangweek.

Let asb. op: Die film sal ook by Geneeskunde & Gesondheidswetenskappe Biblioteek (Tygerbergkampus) vertoon word op Vrydag 26 Oktober, 11:00-12:00, gevolg deur ‘n gesprek met betrokke Fakulteitsbibliotekarisse.

 

 

 

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Save the Date for Open Repositories 2020, 1-4 June

The Open Repositories Steering Committee and Stellenbosch University is delighted to announce that the 15th Open Repositories Conference will be held in Stellenbosch, South Africa, from 1-4 June 2020. The conference will be organised by Stellenbosch University Library and Information Service who looks forward to welcoming delegates to the first Open Repositories Conference (OR) on the African continent.

Stellenbosch University, located in the historical town of Stellenbosch, approximately 50 km from Cape Town, strives to be Africa’s leading research-intensive university, globally recognised as excellent, inclusive and innovative where knowledge is advanced in service of society.

The Library and Information Service has been playing an active role in the African and international Open Access community for a number of years and one of its strategic objectives is to develop and maintain collaborative relationships with a range of external and internal stakeholders by advancing local, national and international initiatives with regards to open scholarship.

Having chosen Stellenbosch as the venue, the annual OR Conference continues its objective to bring practitioners working at the interface of technology and scholarship together. Participants at OR come from higher education, government, libraries, archives and museums to share their experiences and knowledge about repository infrastructure, tools, services, and policies. We hope you will join us in Stellenbosch in 2020!

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SUNJournals welcomes a new addition

The Journal of Emerging African Scholarship (JEAS) is the first and currently only peer-reviewed journal based on the African continent publishing original scholarship written by undergraduate and honours students. Focused on publishing M.I.T (Multi-, Inter-, Transdisciplinary) research aimed at the African continent and its component parts.

Living by its motto Africa In Focus, Global In Impact, JEAS strives to promote African scholarship and pan-African cooperation in seeking to build Africa’s knowledge base from the ground up. JEAS also provides opportunities for masters and doctoral students to gain peer-review experience within the academic publishing environment.

Striving for excellence, JEAS follows the same procedures and requirements of academic peer-review and editorial policy of accredited journals. JEAS aims to become the first journal of its kind hosted on international indices and gain accreditation. We can be found at http://www.journals.ac.za/index.php/jeas.

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Marloth Digital Collection

A precious collection of the original botanical illustrations prepared for printing between 1912 and 1932 in Rudolf Marloth’s Flora of South Africa, has now been digitalised by the Stellenbosch University Library.

The collection of 176 plates contains the original illustrations by botanical artists such as Ethel May Dixie (1876-1973), Esther Smith (1878-1954), Florence Amy Thwaits and Peter McManus, with handwritten notes and instructions for the printers by Marloth.

Marloth (1855-1931) is regarded as one of South Africa’s greatest early botanists. He was a chemist and pharmacist who emigrated from Germany to the Cape of Good Hope in 1883. It is said that on the very first day of arriving in the Cape, he climbed Table Mountain and started collecting plants. Marloth’s association with Stellenbosch University started in 1888, when he was appointed as lecturer in Chemistry and Experimental Physics at the then Victoria College, the forerunner of Stellenbosch University today. In 1922 Stellenbosch University awarded him with an Honorary Doctorate in recognition of his contribution to the understanding and knowledge of the Cape Floral Kingdom.

Over the years, the Marloth family donated several of the original illustrations and plates to the Stellenbosch University Library. This collection has now been taken up in the SUNDigital Collections of the library. The Special Collections Division of the library also hosts many of his personal documents, correspondence and photographs.

Visit the digital collection at http://digital.lib.sun.ac.za/handle/10019.2/14646

 

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SUNDigital Collections shines brighter

The Library’s digital heritage repository, SUNDigital Collections, which currently hosts 12 861 individual items in 30 collections, recently underwent an essential system upgrade. This upgrade resulted in a new look and feel for the repository, as well as enhanced features for easier navigation. These features include opening images and documents in separate windows and a multi-level hierarchical structure, which allows for more granular indexing of larger collections.

A few new collections were also added to SUNDigital Collections this year, most notably a collection of plates with original botanical illustrations and handwritten notes from the Rudolf Marloth Collection. In keeping with the spirit of the University’s centenary year, the Victoria College and Stellenbosch University photograph collection has been augmented with the addition of several new images, including photographs picturing student life through the years.

Undertaking a Stellenbosch University “Archaeological expedition”, 1920?; J. P. Marais on the far left. Source: Stellenbosch University and Victoria College Historical Photographs collection, SUNDigital Collections, http://hdl.handle.net/10019.2/14887

The collection of journalist August de Villiers (Gus) Cluver, who was a student at Stellenbosch University between 1932 and 1935, has also recently been digitised and uploaded to SUNDigital Collections. Cluver was a student cheerleader and editor of the liberal “Pro Libertate” student publication of which the fragile original is kept in the Africana section of Special Collections. A next step to complete the digital collection would be to digitise these scarce original copies.

In addition to the substantial growth SUNDigital Collections has shown since its inception in 2013, it appears as if the repository is also being widely accessed and used. Recent usage statistics show approximately 1300 visits and 890 downloads in the month up to the 29 May, including international visits from the USA, UK, Russia, Australia, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Canada. The most popular downloads are from collections featuring examples of South African vernacular architecture, such as the André Pretorius collection.

Mimi Seyffert-Wirth

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Predatory journals – important update

The Department of Higher Education & Training (DHET) has recently issued a follow-up statement regarding predatory journals.

Some of the journals indicated as “possibly predatory” are not predatory.

The list of journals now labelled “not predatory” are as follows:

Title ISSN EISSN
Africa Education Review 1814-6627 1753-5921
African studies quarterly: the online journal of African studies 2152-2448
Anthropology Southern Africa 2332-3256 2332-3264
Bulletin of comparative labour relations 0770-3724
Electronic Journal of Research in Educational Psychology 1699-5880 16962095
Global Health Action 1654-9716 1654-9880
International Journal of Primatology 0164-0291 1573-8604
Journal of agribusiness and rural development 1899-5241 1899-5772
Journal of Asian and African Studies 0021-9096 1745-2538
Journal of global business and technology 1553-5495
Journal of media law 1757-7632 1757-7640
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