Rawia Awadallah

Bio: Rawia Awadallah, Assistant Professor, The Islamic University of Gaza, Palestine

Dr. Rawia Awadallah is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Information Technology, The Islamic University of Gaza since 2013, and the vice dean of scientific research since 2019. Her main research interests are in Information Retrieval, Data Science, and Digital Libraries. She is the manager of the Institutional Repository of the Islamic University of Gaza (IUGSpace). She serves also as a member of several committees at the university for curricula development, quality assurance, and strategic planning. She is in the consortiums of a number of World Bank and EU funded projects (Freesoft, eMWRE, PALLIB, ROMOR, ROAD) relevant to topics on outsourcing, e-learning, and digital libraries, and digital preservation. She worked for the past three years as the main manager for the ROMOR project funded by the EU Erasmus+ program which aimed at building capacity in managing research output at the Palestinian universities through building open access institutional repositories. She will extend the work of ROMOR project to the national level through a newly approved EU Erasmus+ project “ROAD".

Awadallah has graduated from the University of Kuwait, Kuwait in 1997 in Computer Science, holds a Master degree in Information and Knowledge Management from Vienna University of Technology (TU-WIEN), Austria in 2005, and gained her Ph.D. in Informatics at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics, Saarland University, Germany in 2012.

Abstract: “Towards National Research Information Management System in Palestine”

Although Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in Palestine are moving ahead to establish Open Access Institutional Repositories (OAIRs) to maximize the visibility of their academic output, considerable obstacles inhibit the academic community from participating in such initiatives. Among the challenges are technical, financial, legal, and organizational aspects that hinder adopting internal policies to entitle them to publishing digital material created by their students and staff and according to the principles of Open Access (OA) and copyright issues.

At the national level, the picture is not better. The delay in achievement at service departments of The Palestinian Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE)- in areas of accreditation, university ranking, as well as approval of academic programs, research grants, and scholarships- can mainly be attributed to the absence of data links between HEIs and MoHE, and hence the lack of up to date information and statistics on their research activities. 

This presentation gives an overview of the ROAD project- a recently approved project by the EU Erasmus+ program (2021- 2024). The project aims to enable sharing infrastructure across individual institutions to promote collaborative management of research information of HEIs as a whole, including agreements on metadata standards, services, data stewardship, OA, repositories, and policies. The data model underpinning the proposed infrastructure relies on linking basic entities: people, organizations, projects, and outputs (publications, research data, patents, etc.) to provide a standardized semantic layer that provides consistency to the data model.