Open Data: Possibilities and Pathways for African Libraries


Oluwaseun David Adepoju (African Leadership University, Kigali Rwanda) , Velenasi Munsanje (AfLIA)

Data holds the inherent potential to transform the world, more especially open data. The days of restrictive data that existed for internal use by Governments and organizations are fast eroding giving way to vast ranges of open data that are freely accessible. As Governments and organizations shift further and further towards opening their data, it presents librarians with amazing insights which can be converted into actions for the greater community. But how can African Libraries and Librarians access, use and even collaborate/contribute to Open Data? What are the new roles of African Libraries in the era of technology and Open Data? How can African Libraries be positioned as platforms for its users to access Open Data? What are the key privacy and licensing issues related to the use of Open Data? 

African Libraries and Librarians need to be aware of the benefits, challenges of Open Data and the obstacles to finding and using it. AfLIA is organizing this webinar to do just that!

Topic: Open Data: Possibilities and Pathways for African Libraries


Date & Time

Date: Thursday, 22nd November, 2018

Time: 11:00am -12.15pm GMT/UTC


Learning Outcomes

  1. Understand the overarching implications or possibilities of Open Data - The New Oil or the new Nuclear Bomb
  2. Know what exactly Open Data is and demonstrate how to access it?
  3. Understand the types of data are African libraries are supposed to be collecting.
  4. Distinguish privacy issues related to the creation, access, retrieval, and curation of data as well as the possible solutions. 
  5. Identify the new roles for African Libraries in the Open Data era.


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Registration is open from 10th - 19th November 2018.


Who should attend

Public and community Librarians

Academic and special Librarians

Reference Librarians

LIS educators and students

All other interested parties  


About our presenter

Mr. Oluwaseun David Adepoju

Institution Librarian and Research Methods Faculty at the African Leadership University, Kigali Rwanda

Mr. Oluwaseun David Adepoju holds a first class degree in library and archival studies and Masters in Library and Information Studies from the University of Ibadan Nigeria. He also holds Masters in Public Policy with research in Technology Policy from the Korean Development Institute School of Public Policy and Management in South Korea. He is a technology advocate with many feathers to his cap through his organization TECHmIT Africa. He was named the Ibadan number one technology influencer in 2018 amidst winning the TSL Africa award for technology and innovation in south-west Nigeria.

He is currently the Institution Librarian and a Research Methods Faculty at the African Leadership University, Kigali Rwanda. Oluwaseun is on a journey to telling the African stories unapologetically in the technology and innovation space. He is preparing Africa for the realities of the fourth industrial revolution through technology advocacy and training.



Moderator: Mrs. Velenasi Munsanje

Chair, National Library Associations Section, AfLIA

Mrs. Velenasi Mwale Munsanje works as a Media Centre Manager for Zambia’s International School of Lusaka. She is a holder of a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Zambia. Before her role as Media Centre Manager, Velenasi worked as a Senior Lecturer in Library and Information Science at Evelyn Hone College in Zambia for sixteen years. She is also the immediate past President of Library and Information Association of Zambia and currently Chair for National Library Associations Section, AfLIA. Her research interests include Librarianship in Public and Academic Libraries and Knowledge Management.


Technical Requirements

This webinar will be offered using Zoom Conferencing Platform. Audio and video for these sessions will be streamed over computer speakers and via a teleconference line. You will be able to ask questions and interact with the presenter and other webinar participants via chat.



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      Main Presentation: Open Data
      Conveners: Dr. Oluwaseun David Adepoju (African Leadership University, Kigali Rwanda) , Mrs. Velenasi Munsanje (AfLIA)
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