ECA’s ASKIA initiative show-cased at Libraries Summit


ECA Press Release 156/2012

Addis Ababa, 25 September 2012 (ECA) - A pioneering initiative by the ICT, Science and Technology Division of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa was presented to the First African Public Libraries Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa last week, during a ‘speed-geeking’ session. The initiative, known as Access to Scientific Knowledge in Africa (ASKIA) is an interactive online portal that acts as a one-stop shop to scientific and socio-economic knowledge on Africa, from Africa, by Africa, to Africa and the rest of the world.

ASKIA, according to Ms. Aida Opoku-Mensah, ISTD Director, aims to strengthen knowledge discovery and access in Africa by tapping into global scientific and socio-economic knowledge on and from Africa.
The presentation was made by ISTD’s Ahmed Al-Awah , who demonstrated ASKIA’s five main strategic interventions, which include an online portal powered by federated search technology; a unique Geo-data repository, which will enable access to thousands of maps of Africa; a knowledge hub, providing value-added services around its various knowledge products.

ASKIA aims to serve various national and regional knowledge institutions by providing capacity building assistance allowing African institutions to capture, manage, digitize and avail their locally generated information and knowledge.

For more information on the ASKIA initiative please visit the ASKIA portal at

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