Connecting-Africa (C-A) is a service that provides access to African research information produced worldwide.
The service provides:
- details of Africa experts (researchers, policymakers, development practitioners);
- details of development-related organisations, universities and research institutes;
- titles of published research on Africa;
- digital resources on Africa (full-text of publications, images and sound) in almost 90 institutional repositories. Connecting-Africa provides access to these digital resources by "harvesting" their descriptive metadata (records) using OAI-PMH (the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting) and by filtering the metadata using its Post Harvest Analyzer.
There is no charge for using the service or for contributing to it.
How to contribute
Please add your expert profile if you are a researcher, development practitioner or policymaker working on Africa and if you wish to participate in Connecting-Africa.
In order to participate fully in Connecting-Africa you are encouraged to submit your research information including working papers, research reports, conference papers, and so on, to your local repository.
Publishers & copyright
Connecting-Africa has put together some information on publishers & copyright issues.
History and background information
Connecting-Africa was started in 2006 by the African Studies Centre Leiden (ASCL), aiming to make all worldwide Africanist research material and information accessible through one community portal on the Internet.
By providing federated access to university repositories and other resources, including library catalogues and publishers’ services, and by gathering knowledge and expertise that are both physically and electronically scattered across universities and research centres, it is hoped to offer fertile ground for a more effective knowledge exchange.
The goals of Connecting-Africa are in accordance with the ASCL’s mission of fostering scholarly communication in the field of African Studies.
The Nuffic's PrismA database of Africanists, which stopped in 2003, formed the basis of the site.
Netherlands African Studies Association (NVAS)
Connecting-Africa is supported by the Netherlands African Studies Association (NVAS). The NVAS was set up in 1997 to provide a scientific forum for Africanists working in the Netherlands. It aims to promote and coordinate the study of the social sciences on Africa by maintaining close links with universities and research institutes.
The African Studies Centre Leiden in The Netherlands, facilitates Connecting-Africa by providing technical maintenance. Staff of the ASCL Library, Information and Documentation Department are responsible for the evaluation and selection of digital resources for inclusion in Connecting-Africa. This is an ongoing process, and new records are added each month. The expert section of Connecting-Africa is maintained by the ASCL Secretariat.
The development of Connecting-Africa has been made possible by funding from:
- the Dutch SURF Foundation, as part of the former DARE Programme (Digital Academic REpositories);
- the Development Policy Review Netwerk (DPRN), jointly developed Global Connections based on Connecting-Africa. Both DPRN and Global Connections stopped in January 2012 due to lack of funding.
The African Studies Centre Leiden hosts, develops and operates the service. It welcomes partner organisations with an interest to support this virtual community activity for African Studies. Please contact us if you would want to become a sponsor of Connecting-Africa.
© Connecting-Africa 2004-2020 | Last update: Friday, January 3, 2020 |