It's a great pleasure for me to announce that today the international African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) and the Nigerian Eko-Konnect research and education network got their DataCite Digital Object Identifier (DOI) prefixes. From now on, they can create an unlimited number of sub-prefixes out of their prefix and, for each subprefix, an unlimited number of DOIs. This will promote the deployment of Open Access document and data repositories and will make scientific products (papers, reports, datasets, etc.) stored in African repositories to be easily citable and discoverable.
All this has been done as part of the Sci-GaIA project activity to promote Open Science in Africa and make African science and African scientists more visible. It's been a joint effort of the University of Catania, which is a member of the Sci-GaIA consortium, and of the Conference of Italian University Rectors (CRUI), which is the DataCite member in Italy.
Thanks to the collaboration with Sci-GaIA, CRUI changed their policy and they can now release DOI prefixes to any African organisations, research centres and universities requesting them at a symbolic rate of 200 Euro per year. All entities interested in getting a DOI prefix for their Open Access repositories are invited to contact firstname.lastname@example.org.