Bandwidth was the leitmotif
of the workshop. It is also an issue about which the presidents
of the four Partnership foundations are deeply concerned. The
Partnership has therefore decided to engage in a short investigation
on accessing more and cheaper bandwidth. This activity will provide
the Partnership foundations with sufficient information to make
appropriate recommendations to their presidents on whether it
would be appropriate to approach international satellite companies
to request cheaper or free bandwidth for universities in any of
the six Partnership countries.
Participants from the
University of Dar es Salaam took the lead in bandwidth discussions
during the workshop and in drafting an action plan. The University
of Dar es Salaam has received a service contract from the four
Partnership foundations to organize this investigation. A bandwidth
team, drawn primarily from Addis workshop participants, will collaborate
in this activity. The bandwidth terms of reference will be found
in Appendix Seven.
A second bandwidth
activity is being carried out by the International Network for
the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP). INASP is
working with AfriConnect to survey and report on ways that organiziations
can and are improving the efficiency of their current bandwidth
utilization. More information will be found on the INASP Web site:
In addition to the
Partnership bandwidth task force, Derek Keats has established
an E-Learning Web site along the lines laid out in the small group
There was very little
free time during the workshop, but there was ample opportunity
to exchange experiences, ideas, and challenges—both met
many participants knew one another before the meeting, not all
of them did. Gathering together in Addis Ababa gave everyone a
chance to promote better networking opportunities and to bring
new people into the ICT fold.
Len Liverpool, University of Jos
Addis meeting provided us a unique opportunity to know about
the development of ICT in the rest of the continent and to
meet those what makes things work in the higher education
sector. It also made us aware that we have made impressive
gains in Nigeria without outside support. If we can now harness
donor support our chances of making a quantum leap will be
quite good. We are happy we participated and look forward
to many new developments.”
Networking among workshop
participants has continued. In Nigeria, the University of Jos
and Obafemi Awolowo University have had an exchange of ICT-related
visits. Obafemi Awolowo University, which plans to implement an
OPAC system for its library, is also planning a visit to Dar to
see the UDSM OPAC in action. The University of Jos is looking
outward, as well, and is exploring how best to use a number of
non-Nigerian participants as consultants and resource people.
Tufts University hosted
Tobie de Coning and Lawrence Olakunle Kehinde following the workshop.
Tufts also continues its work on developing collaborative curricula.
The Tufts Graduate Program in Public Health has developed workshops
on collaborative public health courses, which will be offered
this summer for faculty from Kenya Methodist University, the University
of Dar es Salaam, and Makerere University. Tufts hopes to use
KEWL software for this activity.
are also looking with interest at DATAD, as it begins its next
phase. DATAD is a striking example of how technology can be effectively
used to collect, manage, and distribute research information.
During its first three years, DATAD focused intensively on capacity
building at member universities and on data entry. The database
will be available online and also on CD-ROM for African institutions
that do not have sufficient access to the Internet. DATAD's phase
two plans entail continuing data entry at the universities already
participating in the project, adding new universities, work on
copyright issues, and developing a sustainable business plan.
presidents learn about DATAD
The University of Dar es Salaam library exhibited at the Dar es
Salaam International Trade Fair in July 2002. Their exhibit in
the UDSM pavilion was one of the most popular at the Fair. Shown
here are the presidents of Tanzania and Zanzibar—His Excellency
Benjamin W. Mkapa on (bellow left) and the Honorable Amani A.
Karume (below right)—learning about the DATAD database.
courtesy of the University of Dar es Salaam Library