Implementation of workshops scanning and creation of electronic libraries in Francophone Africa: transfer of skills and partnerships

ROSSI, Pier Luigi
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Since 2001 the IRD (Institut de recherche pour le développement) we undertook multiple actions in several Francophone African countries for digitization and internet access setting products scientific document collections by University or Institutes research in these countries. Between October 2008 and September 2009, with support from the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, we have set up 26 workshops scanning in 7 countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Madagascar, Mauritius, Niger, Senegal, Tunisia). To do this we have ensured the installation of equipment, training in digital technologies, electronic library building with the "Greenstone" software. The collaborative website "beep" ( promotes the enhancement and visibility of electronic collections produced by our African partners. During the year 2012 we ensured the implementation of two workshops scan at the University of Lomé and a workshop at the Department of Demography at the University of Ouagadougou. In 2013 our actions will continue in Cameroon (Iford), Morocco and several countries under the cams (African and Malagasy Council for Higher Education).