The role of open access in fostering knowledge sharing and collaboration in Ethiopia: a case study

Getaneh Alemu

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Only science, technology and research would alleviate the intertwined social and economic challenges of developing nations such as Ethiopia. This study adopts a qualitative approach and uses the case study method. Fourteen researchers and librarians were interviewed in four organizations in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. This study reveals that the current scholarly communication system in Ethiopia is faced with technological and social challenges. Open access is undoubtedly a viable alternative to Ethiopia. It is viable because it has been proved so in many developing countries. Ethiopian universities and research institutions should adopt open access policies and strategies that would improve the access and dissemination of scientific research results. A concerted effort is required from administrators, librarians, researchers, funding agencies and government to implement and fully harness open access in Ethiopia.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationQualitative and quantitive methods in libraries: theory and application
EditorsA. Katsirikou, C. Skiadas
PublisherWorld Scientific
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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