• Online Training Course for Supervisors of Doctoral Candidates

    Course dates:🗓️ 22 July - 25 August 2024
    Course duration: The course is 30 hours long delivered over 4 weeks. Please Read More.
    Newly appointed and more experienced doctoral supervisors in all major disciplines from African Universities can Register Here

  • Research4Life MOOC 9th edition: 27 May - 30 June 2024

    Register at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/R4LMOOC9, and for more information visit AGRIS
    Closing Date: 12 May 2024

  • TCC and ITOCA Partnership webinar

    Register: https://bit.ly/ITOTCCAPRWeb
    Date: 30 April, 2024, 02:00 PM (SAST)

  • Promoting Access to Scientific Information and Digital Data

    🗓️April 23 🕑02:00 pm (UTC +2)
    Register at: https://bit.ly/ITOCAGRSAWeb. For more information visit AGRIS

  • Evidence Synthesis Training for African Librarians

    Course duration: The course is 4.5 hours each day delivered over 4 days on Zoom (13 to 16 May 2024)
    Cost: USD 75 / ZAR 1400
    For more information about the course, please Read More. To express interest in attending the course Register Here

  • Dr. Gracian Chimwaza's Podcast Interview with TCC Africa

    Be sure to have a listen to Season 2, Episode 4 of the Mazingumzo Scholarly Conversations Podcast by Training Centre in
    Communication (TCC Africa) featuring our founder Dr. Gracian Chimwaza. Catch this insightful episode in navigating the
    ever-changing landscape of information and knowledge exchange.

  • ORCID Webinar

    ITOCA gladly invites you to a webinar introducing ORCID as well as the benefits of ORCID memberships for institutions.
    ORCID membership is open to any organization interested in integrating ORCID metadata with their systems, adding trusted
    metadata to their researchers’ or users’ ORCID records, or participating in our governance.
    Date: 4 December 2023, 14:00 (South Africa Standard Time-SAST) Register in advance for this meeting: https://bit.ly/ITORCIDEC23.

  • Evidence Synthesis Training for African Librarians

    Course duration: The course is 4.5 hours each day delivered over 4 days on Zoom (20 to 23 November 2023)
    Cost: USD75 / ZAR 1400
    For more information about the course, please Read More.. To express interest in attending the course Register Here

  • TCC Africa & ITOCA Partnership Announcement

    We are happy to announce that Information Training & Outreach Centre for Africa (ITOCA) and
    Training Centre in Communication (TCC Africa) have joined forces to form a partnership aimed at
    empowering and building the capacities of librarians across the African continent in Data Management
    and Open Scholarly Infrastructure.
    The partnership will encompass a multi-faceted approach to address critical challenges faced by librarians,
    ensuring they are equipped with the tools and knowledge required to effectively navigate the evolving data-driven
    research and open scholarly practices. Both organizations will work together to develop a robust pipeline of initiatives
    that cater to the diverse needs of librarians strengthening their capacities in a bid to harness the full potential of digital
    technologies in advancing research and innovation in their respective institutions. The organizations will also leverage on
    their existing networks in securing sustainable funding to support these initiatives. To learn more about this click here.

  • Online Training Course for Supervisors of Doctoral

    Candidates at African Universities

    Course dates: 18 March to 19 April 2024
    Course duration: The course is 30 hours long delivered over 4 weeks
    For more information about the course, please Read More.
    Newly appointed and more experienced doctoral supervisors in all major disciplines from African Universities can Register Here

  • Announcement of ORCID GPF 2nd round recipients

    ITOCA is grateful to be one of the recipients of the second round of ORCID's Global Participation Fund.
    ITOCA will be publicizing and promoting ORCID across Sub-Saharan Africa & South-East Asia through
    outreach and promotional services. To read more about the winning projects visit https://bit.ly/3P1DqXI
  • For more information about the course, please Read More.
    Newly appointed and more experienced doctoral supervisors in all major disciplines from African Universities can Register Here

    and the authorization form can be Downloadable Here.
  • Register now for the Research4Life MOOC 8th edition!

    This free 5-week course will run from 3 April to 7 May 2023. Register before 12 March 2023 to reserve your spot Register at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/R4LMOOC8

    For more information, please visit: Research4life News or contact the MOOC organizers at marcia@itoca.org

  • ITOCA is celebrating 24 years of research and training excellency!

  • Happy International Womens Day

  • Compliments of the new season!

  • Research4Life ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global Webinar.

    Join us on Dec 5 for another webinar on ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global

    The webinar focuses on their searchable collection of more than 5 million dissertations & theses from all over the world.

    Monday 5 December at 12:00 Central African Time Register at: bit.ly/R4L-PQDTWeb22
  • ICML + AHILA 2022 Congress Proceedings

    We are pleased to announce that the ICML+AHILA 2022 Congress proceedings are now
    available. Follow this link: https://icml2022.org/proceedings

  • Invitation to ORCID webinar

    ITOCA invites you to an introductory ORCID webinar (Open Researcher and Contributor ID), it provides the user with a persistent digital identifier that you own, control and that differentiates you from all other researchers, this is just one of several resources that will greatly benefit researchers at their institutions.

    Date : November 24, 2022, 14:00 - 15:00 CAT
    Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation email with information about whether you can attend the meeting.
    Register Here

  • Research4Life Virtual course (MOOC) in Spanish

    We are pleased to announce the first edition of the health e-resources-focused Spanish Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). Research4Life users can now register for the four-week virtual course (MOOC) targeted at Spanish-speaking health practitioners, policymakers, and researchers, particularly those working on COVID-19 response elements to enable these users to develop or enhance their skills in targeting information discovery in the health field.

    The MOOC will run from 24 October to 20 November 2022. Interested candidates can apply until 9 October. Successful applicants will be informed by 19 October 2022.Read More

  • ORCID’s Global Participation Fund

    We are excited to announce that the call for proposals for ORCID’s Global Participation Fund grants will be open soon! The GPF grants aim to increase the visibility of researchers and research institutions in the Global South, and to improve equity of access to ORCID.

    We are delighted to share that our first call for proposals for the GPF grants will be open soon! For more information about the GPF, including eligibility, timelines, and evaluation process, visit our website: https://info.orcid.org/gpf-details

  • ITOCA-DAAD E-Resources Training 2022_ August Virtual Workshops

    The ITOCA team have concluded the practical component by hosting 13 virtual classes for the ITOCA DAAD E-resources Training, and as a team we are proud to say we had an excellent time training and interacting with all the groups of scholars. All thanks to the scholars for taking part in the training and congratulations to them. We mark the ITOCA DAAD E-resources Training 2022 as successfully completed.

    Virtual Workshop: Class 13 Participants, 29 - 31 August 2022
  • ITOCA-DAAD E-Resources Training 2022_ July Virtual Workshops

    ITOCA is conducting a blended learning training programs for The German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst - DAAD) scholarship holders in selected African countries. The learning program aims to train students on how to effectively access and utilize available electronic library resources to enhance the quality of their research studies. Since the beginning of July, the ITOCA team has conducted 9 virtual classes and still have four classes coming up for the month of August.

    Virtual Workshop: Class 6 Participants, 27 - 29 July 2022
  • ITOCA-ORCID Introductory Webinar

    We are glad to announce a special ITOCA-ORCID Introductory Webinar for researchers and organizations which will be hosted in Portuguese. If you are Portuguese speaking and would like to know how ORCID can benefit you as a researcher or how it can benefit your organisation/institute make sure you register to join. Participe através do link Zoom na descrição
    Date : 20 de setembro de 2022 Das 2:00 PM às 3:00 PM CAT
    Após o registro, você receberá um e-mail de confirmação com informações sobre se pode participar da reunião

  • Happy Women's Month 2022

    ITOCA as a capacity development organization,

    would like to celebrate this month by encouraging

    women to know their value and worth in society.

  • Executive Director of ITOCA, Dr. Gracian Chimwaza is the new Chair of Research4Life Executive Council

    Changing of the guard at Research4Life, July 2022: After 2 years as Chair of the Research4Life Executive Council, Ylann Schemm hands the ceremonial partnership bell to the new Chair, Gracian Chimwaza, Executive Director of ITOCA, Read More.

  • Awareness-raising, Knowledge-sharing & Resource Mobilisation

    The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and ITOCA organized and delivered a regional event sensitizing key actors in countries to promote responsible investment and decent employment of youth in agriculture and help them become agri-entrepreneurs. The event was held from the 29th to the 30th of June in Dakar, Senegal.

    Dakar, Senegal, 29 - 30 June 2022

  • ORCID Partners with ITOCA to bring awareness to the unique persistant digital identifier (an ORCID iD) to Africa


    is a not-for-profit organization that enables transparent and trustworthy connections between researchers, their contributions, and affiliations by providing an identifier for individuals to use with their name as they engage in research, scholarship, and innovation activities.

    ORCID's work is open, transparent, and non-proprietary. They are guided by the principles of privacy and researcher control, and the vision of identifier-enabled research information infrastructure.

  • ITOCA has turned 23!!

    We have had twenty-three exciting years providing, promoting and building capacity for scientists, researchers, practitioners and information professionals on the use of electronic resources and digital tools in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).

    We would like to extend our gratitude to all our partners, clients and staff for their support.

    Happy 23rd anniversary ITOCA!

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ITOCA (Information Training & Outreach Centre for Africa) is a capacity building organisation aimed at enhancing information and communications technology (ICT) skills for scientists, researchers, librarians/ information specialists, academics and students focusing on the African continent.


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Formerly, TEEAL Africa Office, the ITOCA learning centre was established in February 1999 as a marketing and support office for Cornell University's Albert R. Mann Library TEEAL (The Essential Electronic Agricultural Library) program for Africa. Now, ITOCA spearheads program support for Research4Life (AGORA, Hinari, OARE, ARDI and GOALI) and TEEAL in the region.

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