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New research findings on Research Data Management by a young researcher Mr. Gilbert Mushi

RDM

A young researcher Mr. Gilbert Mushi from the Department of Knowledge Management, SNAL successfully published his research article on Research Data Management. His article titled “Identifying and Implementing Relevant Research Data Management Services for the Library at the University of Dodoma, Tanzania” was published in Data Science Journal, Vol. 19: No.1, pp. 1–9. The article has been deposited on SUAIR and it is accessible.

Summary of the article
The emergence of data-driven research and demands for the establishment of Research Data Management (RDM) has created interest in academic institutions to develop research data services to meet both institutional and funders’ requirements. Researchers are required to submit Data Management Plan (DMP) alongside their research proposals. Academic institutions in developed countries have greatly advanced in the provision of research data services to the students and researchers. Many institutions in developing countries are either at the stage of planning or implementing RDM practices on the campus.

This article is the result of research that was conducted at the University of Dodoma aiming at identifying relevant RDM services that need to be implemented so that researchers and university management could collaborate and make their research data accessible to the local and international community. The paper presents findings on important issues for consideration when planning to develop and implement RDM services at a developing country academic institution and mentions the requirements for the sustainability of these initiatives.

Congratulations Mr. Mushi for the great achievement

Use of QR Code at the Sokoine National Agricultural Library

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Source: Google image

Emerging technologies are incredibly improving relationships between customers and service providers or business. Increasingly use of smartphones has triggered efforts towards providing services at finger tips of the customers.

SNAL among others has embraced the movement in variant ways, particularly the use of QR Codes to access OPAC and other electronic information sources. Students, researchers, academic staff and other users can now access the mentioned services by simply scanning QR Codes using their smartphones. The technology has solved the problem of access to OPAC and electronic databases especially during power blackouts and increased number of users.

To use QR Codes in your smartphone follow the following instructions.
Step One: Download/Install QR Code Reader from Play Store or App Store on your smartphone
Step Two: Open QR Code Reader in your smartphone
Step Three: Scan the QR Code to fit in a rectangle box in your screen then click OK
Step Four: Now search information in the OPAC or electronic database provided.

Note: QR Codes are found on the library notes board and information desk. Kindly don’t hesitate to ask librarian in case you need help.

SNAL QR Code

SNAL staff showing users on how to use QR codes to access OPAC services

 

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SUA to benefit from SCOSS initiatives of facilitating Open Access efforts

scossThis week, the Global Sustainability Coalition for Open Science Services (SCOSS), of which EIFL is a member, launched its second funding cycle which will benefit three vital Open Science infrastructure service providers: the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) and Open Access Publishing in European Networks (OAPEN), the Public Knowledge Project (PKP), and OpenCitations.  

SCOSS was formed in early 2017 with the purpose of providing a new co-ordinated cost-sharing framework for enabling the broader OA and OS community to support the non-commercial services on which it depends. The three services mentioned above definitely meet this description.

If you aren’t already using them, here’s a very brief description of each (more detailed information is available at SCOSS.org):

As in the pilot funding cycle, SCOSS is asking that institutions—academic institutions including SUA and their libraries, research institutes, funding organisations, national and regional governments, international organisations, learned societies and service providers—consider helping financially support one or more of these services for a period of three years.

It’s efforts like this that are crucial to ensuring that services like OpenCitations, DOAB and OAPEN, PKP, the Directory of Open Access Journals and SHERPA Ro/MEO remain free and open to use for us all.

The above mentioned databases can be also accessed through the SNAL website on E-book and Journals page.

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Updated version of TEEAL database

SNAL has received the updated version of the Essential Electronic agricultural Library (TEEAL). It should be noted that the updated version is for the year 2017.

TEEAL

TEEAL is a full-text and searchable database of articles from more than 300 high-quality research journals in agriculture and related sciences. It is developed and updated annually by Cornell University’s Mann Library, USA and it is meant for low income countries like Tanzania. It requires no Internet connectivity to access it.

The value of the entire collection of TEEAL collection is estimated at over US$1 million. Pricing to eligible developing countries is subsidized ($5000) to cover production, distribution and other costs. Annual updates costs US$650.

The content of TEEAL covers over 350,000 full-text articles in PDF, over 275 journls, over 80 paricipating publishers in Agriculture and over 10 related science. Through TEEAL you can access a wealth of agricultural information in the following subjects:

  • Agricultural engineering
  • Animal science
  • Biotechnology
  • Development
  • Environment and ecology
  • Fisheries
  • Food and nutrition
  • Forestry
  • Human medicine
  • Microbiology
  • Plant breeding
  • Soil sciencese
  • Agricultural economics
  • Agroforoestry
  • Aquaculture
  • Crop science
  • Entomology
  • Genetics and genomics
  • Horticulture
  • Natural resources
  • Nutrition and food science
  • Phytopathology
  • Plant physiology
  • Veterinary medicine

Accessing TEEAL

The TEEAL set is available within SUA Local Network at : 10.1.5.252 [SMC] and 10.10.11.7 [Main campus]. To access it simply type those numbers on the address bar of any browser [without internet connection] or simply use this link: TEEAL SMC and TEEAL Main Campus.

OR go to SUA website then Library website; on Quick links select TEEAL Main campus or TEEAL SMC. Then Sign in (if registered) to access the resource or Sign Up (if not registered) to get access to the resource.

Searching TEEAL

Use the search menu to conduct your search. Limit your search by either: publication year, subject, language, document type etc in case you obtain more results.

 Teeal search

Celebrating Prof Mbiha’s Authorship

Emmanuel Reuben Mbiha, Associate Professor in Economics, School of Agricultural and Business Studies (SAEBS) at the Sokoine University of Agriculture; in collaboration with Andrew Coulson and Antony Ellman successfully authored a book titled: “Increasing Production from the Land: A Source Book on Agriculture for Teachers and Students in East Africa”.

The Sokoine National Agricultural Library (SNAL) was privileged to receive copies of the book as a donation from Prof. Mbiha and the Mkuki and Nyota Publishers Limited. The books have been added to SNAL’s collection and will soon be accessible through the Library catalogue.

Increasing Production from the Land cover preview  Book cover preview


The summary of the book is as follows:

“African agriculture faces major challenges with growing population pressure and the impact of climate change. Until now food production overall has broadly kept pace with demand. To maintain this impressive achievement, production from the land needs to be intensified, soil fertility must be enhanced, forests and water resources must be conserved, and land use practices must be sustainable over the long term. This book shows what needs to be done, and points to how best to achieve this.

The book starts with a brief guide to what plants and animals need to grow well, how farmers currently use the land, and the research that is being conducted on new agricultural technologies. A comparison is made of productivity on small and large farms, which demonstrates that, contrary to some suggestions, small farmers, properly serviced, can be as productive or even more productive than larger farms. Subsequent chapters discuss issues of land tenure, pastoralism, training, the importance of women farmers, access to finance, markets, value chains, and contract farming as a partnership between small-scale producers, processors and traders in agricultural products.

The final section of the book discusses whether a new “green revolution” is feasible or desirable for Africa. The potential risks and benefits of dependence on purchased agrochemicals, genetically modified varieties, and multinational seed and chemical companies are examined. A series of twelve broad policy proposals for achieving a sustainable agriculture sector is presented for consideration. Fifteen case studies illustrate the issues discussed in the book. Most of the examples are from East Africa, particularly Tanzania, but the principles addressed are relevant across the African continent. Each chapter of the book includes references and suggestions for further reading, most of them freely available to anyone with internet access. A set of essay questions exploring the issues covered in each chapter is included, to provide practical help for students of agriculture and their teachers”.

Congratulations Prof. Mbiha for the great achievement.