I’m shamelessly plugging this book, not only as a contributor, but because it addresses important changes for scholarship and publishing in and relating to Africa. It begins shipping this week and was launched at the ASAUK Conference earlier in September (programme available). There’s a preview with selected contents available in Google Books (and preprints of some chapters are available […]

Many thanks to Retraction Watch for calling our attention to an interview with eLife editor-in-chief and Open Access advocate Randy Schekman, a 2013 Nobel Laureate. The interview was published in Mètode, Popular Science Journal of the University of Valencia by Lucía Sapiña and Manuel Gil. Here’s a brief exchange from the full interview: Are open-access journals less rigorous? […]

Victoria Suzman, project cataloguer for the African rock art image project at the British Museum, posted to their blog on September 15, 2014: “Traces of the past: rock art and life in ancient North Africa.” The African rock art image project team here at the British Museum is currently cataloguing photographs of rock paintings and engravings from […]

Ruby Bell-Gam, UCLA Charles E. Young Research Library‘s Collections Coordinator; Area Studies Team Leader, and Librarian for African Studies and International Development Studies has written a thoughtful essay in the Winter 2014 issue of ASA News that clarifies the currently depressed budget environment for many Area Studies collections in the U.S. As she points out: …while the digital revolution has substantially increased […]

From the Musings about librarianship blog, by Aaron Tay, Senior Librarian, National University of Singapore Libraries Posted Wednesday, August 20, 2014: How academic libraries may change when Open Access becomes the norm The writer (who isn’t an Open Access advocate) predicts that the “nearly unstoppable” trend which “is going to have a great impact on how academic libraries […]

The School of Open Africa is a set of collaborative projects among Creative Commons and African educators: School of Open is a global community of volunteers providing free online courses, face-to-face workshops, and innovative training programs on the meaning, application, and impact of “openness” in the digital age. Through School of Open, you can learn how […]

According to research of the Go West Project (Shanghai-based architect Daan Roggeveen and Amsterdam-based journalist Michiel Hulshof): More and more Chinese-made buildings, infrastructure, and urban districts are sprouting up across Africa, and this development is changing the face of the continent’s cities. Read more in Justin Zhuang’s July 8, 2014  at Metropolis Magazine. With thanks to @ProfCaraJones

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