Research Articles

The status of the digital preservation policies and plans of the institutional repositories of selected public universities in Kenya



Institutional repositories (IRs) have a leading role in providing long-term access to the research output of universities. This study assessed the capabilities of institutional repositories in Kenya to support long-term preservation of digital content by reviewing digital preservation policies and plans. Data was collected through face-to-face interviews from 19 respondents drawn from three public universities that were identified by their registration in OpenDOAR, ROARMAP and the number of items in their repositories. Additional data was acquired through analysis of documents such as open access policies and mandates, as well as institutional websites. Findings revealed that the organizations were poorly prepared to support long-term digital preservation. Policies were inadequate and plans to support the implementation of the policies were lacking. The study concluded that although the IRs were to undertake digital preservation, they lacked clearly defined actions from plans and policy. This article offers recommendations, including identifying digital preservation goals that will guide policy formulation and multi-stakeholder involvement in the policy-making process. Effort should also be made to create awareness of the relationship between digital content selection and its successful long-term preservation.


institutional repositoriesuniversity libraries Kenyadigital preservation policiesdigital preservation plan
  • Year: 2022
  • Volume: 35
  • Page/Article: 21
  • DOI: 10.1629/uksg.590
  • Submitted on 28 May 2022
  • Accepted on 19 Jul 2022
  • Published on 6 Dec 2022
  • Peer Reviewed