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Title:Electronic libraries in partnership: BEEP for Africa
Author:Rossi, Pier Luigi
Periodical:African Research and Documentation (ISSN 0305-862X)
Geographic terms:French-speaking Africa
Subjects:technical cooperation
electronic resources
Abstract:The BEEP (Bibliothèques électroniques en partenariat) server was installed by the IRD (Research Institute for Development), in Bondy, France, to overcome the structural difficulties that often arise in developing countries for running Internet servers (poor quality of the connection, unavailability of servers, frequent power outages, complexity of implementation of IT projects). At present BEEP hosts 9 digital collections, composed of 2651 files in pdf format. The available documents are dissertations, theses and reports produced by African institutions based in Burkina Faso and Senegal. Although the site is hosted in France, analysis shows that about 60 percent of Internet access is from Africa. BEEP can host other Greenstone (software) collections created by institutions in developing countries wishing to improve the visibility and accessibility of their scientific publications. Bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]