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The Supply of Academic Publications To and From Universities in the Developing Regions by Means of Internet

Stephen Mayega
Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda

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The paper will describe the scope of the program of Electronic Supply of Academic Publications To and from Universities in the developing countries includes universities from the following countries, Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Nairobi, Kenya Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda Saint Augustine University. Mwanza, Tanzania Sokoine University of Agriculture, Morogoro, Tanzania Uganda Martyrs University, Nkozi, Uganda University of Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania University of Nairobi, Kenya University of Zambia, Lusaka University of Zimbabwe, Harare
The Electronic Supply of Academic Publications is a system for electronic publishing of academic publications on the Internet and e-learning for the enhancement of knowledge and skills for academic staff members in the use of electronic scientific resources on the Internet. It facilitates access to the International academic resources on the Internet and creates the possibility for the academicians to electronically publish their articles and reports on the Internet thus making their academic works known and available to the world.

Access to the International academic resources on the Internet has two core aspects i.e. availability of resources, knowledge and skills to use the online resources optimally and the publishing of academic works in developing regions by means of the Internet. This involves the creation of an academic electronic publishing system for academicians to publish.

The Electronic publishing involves two modules namely;

(a) The Functionaries of Electronic publishing system. These are the managers of the e-publishing and developing the system for publishing. Functionaries of the Electronic Supply of Academic Publishing at the African universities are situated in the Library as Virtual Library officer for technical management and converting files to different format. The manager and the users of the electronic supply of academic publication work hand in hand with academic departments of different disciplines.

(b)The second module is e-publishing. E-publishing is a proper development of Electronic Supply of Academic Publication management. It allows direct publishing of articles on the Internet by means of web browser. All the publications have to be put in series/journals owned by a given entity (departments, Institutes) participating in the Electronic Supply of Academic Publications. The Virtual Library Officer submits a publication to the web browser system together with its bibliographical data by means of a web form. The Publication is then automatically uploaded to the proper folder on the Electronic Supply of Academic server.

The Electronic Supply of Academic Publication has an out put which transforms the publication database into an OAI-repository. This means that a continuously updated copy of the publication data of every participating university in the form of an Open Archive Initiative Repository will be harvested by search engines on the Internet enabling the users to access Electronic Supply of Academic Supply Publications thus enhancing their scope of exposure.

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