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Role of repositories in promoting SDGs

Open Repositories 2023 (OR2023), Stellenbosch, South Africa, 12-15 June 2023 (Session Presentations)

Published onJun 29, 2023
Role of repositories in promoting SDGs

Analysing SDG engagement of research output in a DSpace repository using Postgres NLP

  • Sean Richard Carte, Durban University of Technology, South Africa

Mapping institutional research output to the SDGs is a useful task that can be undertaken by DSpace repository administrators using the keywords provided by Elsevier and the Natural Language Processing (NLP) functionality in the PostgreSQL database management system used by DSpace repositories.

This presentation focuses on providing some validity to the results obtained from using Postgres NLP by comparing its output with that from Elsevier’s SciVal.

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Open Access Repositories as an accelerator for open journal systems and enhancer for the SA-SDGs HUB: South African Perspective

OA repository development in South Africa is driven by the CHELSA since 2003. A national Electronic Theses and Dissertation platform was developed to assist with the challenges experienced by academic libraries, i.e. requisite skills and inadequate infrastructures. South Africa Open Access adoption among universities is progressing, while the government funding agency (NRF) released an open access statement (2015) that required funded researchers to deposit their articles into an OA repository with a 12 months embargo period. But in the absence of OA monitoring indicators and implementation, academic libraries through their institutional support have championed and implemented their OA policies while there is no national repository portal. Only aggregated metadata from ETDs is harvested from a few repositories effectively. The purpose of this presentation is to promote COAR's Next Generation Repositories elements through a nationally distributed network of research repositories. Collectively, a national networked infrastructure for scholarly communication, build on top of layers of value-added services can transform a system, making it more research-centric, and open to and supportive of innovation. Networked repositories build additional services, i.e. web-centric interoperability, a set of common technologies, protocols, and behaviours, to assist in fast-tracking and enhancing alternative metrics for the national SDG Hub and promote social justice.

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Linking Veterinary Science Faculty Research and Activities to the UNESCO Sustainable Development Goals: The Role of the Library

There are widespread opportunities for universities to contribute to the implementation of SDGs. Consequently, sustainability is viewed as an essential aspect of a university's reputation, and research applications and grants are increasingly subjected to alignment with SDG targets of research funders. Nevertheless, while there are extensive initiatives and SDG-focused research undertaken by universities, there is still a significant gap in documenting and reporting the evidence and assessing the conformity between activities of teaching, research, community engagement, and campus operations. With academic libraries mandated to align with the core business of the higher education system, it is sensible to explore opportunities to support the strategies of their parent institutions. Libraries are thus responsible for considering ways to support SDG-related initiatives of their faculties. Essentially, librarians are perfectly positioned to apply their information management skills, information organising tools, and information communication infrastructure knowledge to facilitate SDG discovery, retrieval, and promotion. The Jotello F. Soga Library, at the University of Pretoria, serves the Veterinary Science community of South Africa. This paper will report on the initiatives undertaken by librarians at this specialised library to organise, communicate, and promote the SDGs related to veterinary science, especially through utilising the library's open-access platforms.

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Botswana open repositories role in SDGs research based knowledge sharing process: a bibliometric analysis

The United Nations (UN) sustainable development goals (SDGs), adopted in September 2015, are a global socioeconomic agenda that calls for collective action to achieve peace, prosperity, and well-being by 2030. The 17 goals and 169 targets of the SDGs were developed to succeed the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which ended in 2015 UNESCO (2021) At least 10 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) comprising the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development require constant scientific research. Scientific research knowledge has to share with respective research stakeholders. Open-access repositories facilitate access to scientific research (Sweileh,2020). Based on this fact, this study would like to examine the contribution of Botswana universities' repositories in promoting SDGs research practices to the scientific community and citizen scientists. The study will apply a descriptive bibliometric analysis by reviewing research publications on SDG from 2015 to 2022 from three Botswana universities' institutional repository collections. The bibliometric analysis will be conducted in three steps. The information will be searched and retrieved from three universities' institutional repositories ( University of Botswana, Botho University and Botswana International University of Science and Technology. The data will be retrieved by searching ("SUSTAIN ABLE DEVELOPMENT GOAL*" or "SDG*") in the field "TITLE" or Abstract.

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