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Using Open Access AI to improve the Academic Lifecycle for CARLIGH members

Training Centre in Communication(TCC Africa) was honored to be hosted by the Consortium of Academic & Research Libraries in Ghana (CARLIGH) to guide its academic community on how they can use OpenAccess AI in improving their academic lifecycle.

Published onMar 17, 2023
Using Open Access AI to improve the Academic Lifecycle for CARLIGH members

In the past few years, Open Access AI has revolutionized the academic lifecycle for the academic community by providing researchers with access to resources that help accelerate the research process and increase the discoverability and access to research output.

The Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Ghana(CARLIGH) welcomed the Training Centre in Communication (TCC Africa) and its supporting partners Knowledge Unlatched, Digital Science, and Scholarcy to introduce some of these Open Access AI resources to its academic community.

Recording of the session

Speakers in the session

Emma Warren-Jones- co-founder, Scholarly

Wilson de Souza- Regional Manager Ibero-America, Oceania, Africa and Asia, Knowledge Unlatched

Joy Owango- Executive Director, TCC Africa

Open Access AI tools covered:

Scholarly, the online summarizing tool by Scholarcy is a tool that can quickly identify the key points and arguments of research papers as well as more easily critically analyze papers to understand how the research builds on or differs from prior studies and effectively interpret large collections of articles.

The Open Research Library, by Knowledge Unlatched, is a user-friendly platform that enhances the discovery of worldwide open-access publications covering different disciplines.

Dimensions, by Digital Science, is a citation database that can be used to explore research grants, publications, citations, clinical trials, patents, and policy documents in one place.

About the Organizers

CARLIGH is the acronym for the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Ghana. The Consortium has come a long way since its inception in 2004, when the Ghana interlibrary Lending and Document Delivery Network (GILLDDNET), originally set up under 1996 IFLA/DANIDA project, was dissolved. From an initial membership of six (6), made up of five (5) public university libraries and one research institute, CARLIGH now has forty-two (42) members made up of eight (8) public and 19 private university libraries, six (6) Technical University libraries, six (6) training institution libraries, two (2) special libraries and one research institution library.


Knowledge Unlatched is an organization that offers an opportunity for libraries and publishers from around the world to work together to create a sustainable route to Open Access to scholarly books and journals in the Humanities and Social Sciences and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Medicine.


Scholarcy is a London-based Edtech applying machine learning to extract structured data and knowledge summaries from scholarly content. Scholarcy is available as a web-based platform and can be used on various devices. It is recommended for students, researchers, and professionals who want to keep on top of the latest research in their field and prepare literature reviews in a more systematic way.

Learn more about Scholarcy at

The Training Centre in Communication(TCC Africa), is the first African-based training centre to teach effective communication skills to scientists. TCC Africa is an award-winning Trust, established as a non-profit entity in 2006 and is registered in Kenya. TCC Africa provides capacity support in improving researchers’ output and visibility through training in scholarly and science communication.


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