Diaspora Community of African Geospatial Scientists (DCAGS)
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African Journals Online
African Journals Online (AJOL) is a database of more than 200 African-published journals in a variety of academic disciplines. Every entry includes information about the participating journal, contact details, and general information. Citations provide the tables of contents and abstracts, where available, for all articles published in these journals. A link is also provided for journals with their own Web site. All material in AJOL is free to view, search, and browse. Full-text documents may be ordered in print or by email. There is no charge for African users.
Online Access to Research in the Environment (OARE)
Online Access to Research in the Environment (OARE), an international public-private consortium coordinated by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Yale University, and leading science and technology publishers, enables developing countries to gain access to one of the world's largest collections of environmental science research. Over 1,300 peer reviewed titles owned and published by over 340 prestigious publishing houses and scholarly societies are now available in more than 100 low income countries.
Database of African Theses and Dissertations
The Database of African Theses and Dissertations (DATAD) is an initiative of the African Association of Universities (AAU) to help African universities to manage, catalogue, and make available electronically citations to theses and dissertations completed at these institutions. Currently 11 universities and the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa participate in DATAD. Each record contains the full citation, including the entire abstract and contact information for odering the full-text document. DATAD is available online and on CD-ROM for African institutions with slow bandwidth. A subscription is required, but there are discounts for African organizations. (Participating universities receive DATAD free of charge.)
AGORA (Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture)
The AGORA program, set up by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) together with major publishers, enables developing countries to gain access to an outstanding digital library collection in the fields of food, agriculture, environmental science and related social sciences. See countries from where institutions free access.
Health InterNetwork Access to Research Initiative (HINARI)
The HINARI program, set up by WHO together with major publishers, enables developing countries to gain access to one of the world's largest collections of biomedical and health literature.
electronic Journals Delivery Service (eJDS)
The electronic Journals Delivery Service (eJDS) is a prototype programme geared to facilitate the access to current scientific literature free of cost in the fields of Physics and Mathematics. The goal is to distribute individual scientific articles via e-mail to scientists in institutions in Developing Countries who do not have access to sufficient bandwidth to download material from the Internet in a timely manner and/or cannot afford the connection. Providing scientists with current literature supports their ongoing research.
JSTOR "Open Africa" Initiative
JSTOR archives include scholarship published in over one thousand of the highest-quality academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, as well as monographs and other materials valuable for academic work. JSTOR has waived "all participation fees" for the JSTOR archive to any higher education, research, or not-for-profit institution on the continent of Africa. JSTOR will offer African institutions access to its entire archive of online journal literature, which now contains 13 collections, 620 journals, and more than 20 million pages of content. Fees will be waived for a minimum of three years, and will remain waived as long as "economic conditions dictate." JSTOR Officials said the Open Africa initiative will apply to both new participants as well as to the 40 institutions in 16 African nations that currently participating in JSTOR. African institutions interested in accessing JSTOR should send an e-mail to Danielle Waugh at
to request for access to the content.
Open J-Gate is an electronic gateway to global journal literature in open access domain. Launched in 2006, Open J-Gate is the contribution of Informatics (India) Ltd to promote OAI. Open J-Gate provides seamless access to millions of journal articles available online. Open J-Gate is also a database of journal literature, indexed from 4808 open access journals, with links to full text at Publisher sites.
Public Library of Science (PLoS)
PLoS is a nonprofit organization of scientists and physicians committed to making the world's scientific and medical literature a freely available public resource.
Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research Virtual Library (CGVlibrary)
The CGVlibrary offers instant access to the leading research on agriculture, hunger, poverty, and the environment. From just one search engine, tap into leading agricultural information databases, including the online libraries of all the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) centers. Use the CGVlibrary to discover resources, read full text of thousands of publications, and stay current on CGIAR and other research.
IWMI research publications on water management
The International water Management Institute, globally known as IWMI, is one of 15 international research centers supported by the network of 60 governments, private foundations and international organizations collectively known as the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). IWMI has a staff of about 350 and offices in 12 countries across Asia and Africa. IWMI's on-line publication section contains several thousand pages of peer-reviewed research on water management. All research outputs and publications produced by IWMI are international public goods, FREELY available to public and partners in developing countries and to members of the international development, academic and research communities.
Global Development Network (GDN) and the British Library of Development Studies (BLDS) Document Delivery Service
The GDN/BLDS Document Delivery Service is a free library service provided to research institutes in developing and transition countries. The Document Delivery Service, which can be accessed by specified individuals from organizations maintaining a profile on GDNet allows you to search the BLDS online catalogue of development-related resources, and to order materials, from your desktop. With the click of a button, a BLDS librarian will receive your request and send the article or book chapter to you via post or email. BLDS holds Europe's largest research collection on economic and social change in developing countries, with extensive coverage of Southern publications, particularly from Africa and South and East Asia.
African Journal of Environmental Science & Technology
ESRI GIS Bibliography
The ESRI GIS Bibliography, available at no cost from the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) Education and Training Web site, recently surpassed 75,000 entries, making it one of the world’s largest online repositories for information about Geographic Information Science (GIScience) and Geographic Information System (GIS) technology. “Thousands of students and hundreds of professors have used the bibliography as one of their major starting points for GIS research,” says Dr. Michael Gould, ESRI’s director of higher education. “The ESRI GIS Bibliography also serves as an excellent resource for scholars, scientists, geographers, cartographers, and professionals in a wide range of industries who want to learn about one or more aspects of GIS technology or geographic information science in their fields”, Gould says. The bibliography continues to grow. On average, about 2,000 entries are added each month.
KODAK International Educational Literature Award
The KIELA is made to a university or educational institution outside the USA. The purpose of the KIELA is to improve the quantity and quality of literature in the recipient's library that deals with the mapping sciences (i.e., photogrammetry, remote sensing, GIS, and related disciplines). It is supported by a generous grant from KODAK and administered by the ASPRS Foundation.
Engineering Information Foundation
Availability and Use of Information
Deadlines for submissions are: February 28 & August 31.
AAG Journal Exchange
The AAG Journal exchange connects people who want to donate journals and other publications with libraries and individuals who are in need of materials for their collections. If you wish to donate journals or other geography materials overseas, the AAG can help coordinate a shipment.
International Library Initiative of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
The International Library Initiatives of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are dedicated to the development of international activities with libraries serving the general public throughout the world to enable all individuals to improve their lives with information and technology.