WSA Resource Centre’s platforms

Water and Sanitation for Africa in Youtube:

Water and Sanitation for Africa in Twitter: (@wsafrica)

Water and Sanitation for Africa in Facebook:



DSpace: a solution for Open digital repositories

20130702_Dspace_diagrameDSpace is the software of choice for academic, non-profit, and commercial organizations building open digital repositories.  It is free and easy to install “out of the box” and completely customizable to fit the needs of any organization.

DSpace preserves and enables easy and open access to all types of digital content including text, images, moving images, mpegs and data sets.  And with an ever-growing community of developers, committed  to continuously expanding and improving the software, each DSpace installation benefits from the next.

Why use DSpace? Top Reasons to Use DSpace

Looks like the ideal content manager allowing delegated management. Really worth looking at!

For more information see video:

Crowdsourcing publishing initiative for a library toolkit

Two US libraries are using crowdsourcing to develop an open access publication, the Library Publishing Toolkit.

The Toolkit is a united effort between Milne Library at SUNY Geneseo and the Monroe County Library System to identify trends in library publishing, seek out best practices to implement and support such programs, and share the best tools and resources.

The Rochester Regional Library Council is funding the Toolkit project.

Both academic and public libraries are being asked to submit 2-5 page best practice case studies, describing

innovative ways [they] are creating and distributing materials as a part of their public services, or how they are helping patrons with these tasks.

The project also encourages libraries to fill in an online survey describing their publication services.

Conferences of course use crowdsourcing principles too for collecting contributions (papers), but their end product – the conference proceedings – are generally unwieldy documents, lacking coherency and the least quoted of all research outputs.

For WASH information projects with limited resources, crowdsourcing (with the right incentives) is an option worth considering.

Make China journals open access, says top scientist – practice self-archiving responds OA evangelist

Leading Chinese scientist, Zhu Zuoyan, has appealed for funding to make many Chinese journals open access and give priority to domestic science publications to boost the country’s scientific journals, reports [Jia Hepeng, 02 Sep 2008].  Zhu called on the Chinese to invest “a tiny 200 million yuan (US$29.4 million) an open access fund”.

Compared to commercially-run international journals, domestic journals can publish papers faster. Domestic journals could attract more high-quality papers and improve their impact, if they were open access, Zhu said.

Open Access evangelist, Steven Harnad,  responded [08 Sep 2008] to the with his well-known self-archiving mantra, saying that “the cheapest, fastest and surest way to provide OA to all of Chinese published research output is by self-archiving it in the OA institutional repositories of the institutions that produced the research”.


As water is widely regarded as a public good, and there is a growing international movement to get safe drinking water and sanitation recognised as human rights, it follows that there should be free and unrestricted access to information on water supply, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). Removing access barriers to this information will accelerate research, enrich education, share the learning and best practices of the rich with the poor and the poor with the rich, increase transparency, and make this information as useful as it can be for all those supporting safe water and sanitation for all.

In the rush towards reaching target 7C of the MDGs, a tendency emerges to concentrate on the funding of “hardware” (construction), without balancing the necessary inputs in “software” (capacity development, knowledge management). This increases the risk of ignoring the lessons learned from investment, programme failures and relevant best practices – particularly when this information is not readily available or easily accessible.

This blog will provide updates on activities and tools that support the removal of access barriers to WASH information especially through the promotion of open access and information literacy.