Developing Research Capacity through Institutional Network in Azerbaijan (DIRNA)

Main funder

Funder's project number: 101082124

Funds granted by main funder (€)

  • 77 096,00

Funding program

Project timetable

Project start date: 01/01/2023

Project end date: 31/12/2025


The aim of this Azerbaijani Institutional Repository Network (DIRNA) start-up project bid, run by the Khazar University is to put in place an essential building block for the development of an integrated network of institutional digital repositories in Azerbaijan. Currently, just two of the 48 HEIs in Azerbaijan have open access digital repositories (Khazar University and Baku Higher Oil School).
The project aims to run a centrally managed hardware procurement programme designed to provide 10 HEI in Azerbaijan with dedicated and configured repository hardware as a major step towards realisation of the AIRN. In close collaboration with the technical, organisational and operational support specifically provided for Azerbaijani HEIs within this project, this initiative will provide a cost-effective, collaborative and decisive boost to the repository agenda in Azerbaijan and help achieve the critical mass of populated repositories and digital content.

Developments in digital technologies have affected many aspects of the academic enterprise, especially the way scholarly communication is being carried out. Another important subject is to develop consortium standards-neutral practices for descriptive metadata for archived web content, taking into account the needs of end users and metadata practitioners.

Khazar University is looking for partners willing to join the consortium and being local authorities and foreign universities dealing with co-working eager to work together. In terms of geographical coverage, Khazar University intends to have one partner per country, that will be expected to coordinate with the other stakeholders

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