Best Projects 2020 features all the nominated entries submitted ‘Submit your Project’ category. All the entries consist of innovative projects run by existing enterprises in the form of businesses, NGOs or informal programs.
Crater Library & Publisher
Published on September 17, 2020 um 09:33
Type of Enterprise
Year the ngo or company was founded
Explain your project in details:
The inability of the government designated institutions (National Library and National Archive) to fulfill its functions and objectives, means that the Nigerian intellectual heritage (educational and knowledge resources) are mostly abandoned on dusty shelves of creators and copyright owners. These institutions lack of innovation means that they are not also able to accommodate the growing electronic publications market. This translates to loss of local content and access to a centralised collection/database for research or literary purposes. I created Crater Library & Publisher to provide a platform not only for content creators of e-publications to upload and share their works within a protected space for free (so that anyone can benefit) and monetize its use, but also for readers to be able to find carefully curated e-publications that satisfies their literary/ research needs. In order to curate and create a central database of Nigerian local content, we apply the Creative Common License, so that creators and copyright owners are allowed to gain control of their publications. This means that creators and copyright owners are allowed to monetize use (downloads) of their e-publications uploaded on our digital library. For our readers, we encourage content creators to make their publications accessible for free via ONLINE READ ONLY. This is to create equal access to all educational resources available on Crater Library & Publisher, and its secured against unauthorised downloads, copy and paste, and screen shot.
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
Collating, curating and providing access to local content via Crater Library & Publisher addresses the challenge of equitable access to research and literary resources in Nigeria. With our free Online Read policy, Crater aims to provide and support a strong foundation for education and research through its web and mobile applications. With the installation of Crater Library & Publisher mobile and applications in digital devices at homes, schools, libraries of all kinds, readers can gain access to our collections via free online read. This would boost education and improve reading habits as readers can find resource materials suited to their reading or research needs. OUTCOME TABLE 3 Months: 500 new publications uploaded by authors and copyright owners. 1000 people registered and using the Crater web platform 1 year: 2500 new publications uploaded by authors and copy right owners. 4000 people registered on Crater web platform; 5000 registered and using Crater mobile applications. Partnerships with university libraries and research institutions in Nigeria. 2 Years: 6000 new publications uploaded by authors and copyright owners. 22000 people registered on Crater web platform; 30,000 registered and Crater using mobile applications.Partnerships with university libraries, organisations and think tanks in Africa.
Sustainability and future plans
Our sustainability plan was designed with a lot of factors in mind. Factors like minimum wage ($77) in Nigeria, adult literacy rate (62%) in Nigeria, youth literacy rate (75%) in Nigeria and low access to higher education were analysed to determine a suitable model to be used for Crater. From our analysis, it became obvious that the bulk of our single unit users would be low income clients. This informed our decision to make literary content on our digital library FREE but for only online read. However, we also projected that at least 15-20% of our low income clients are likely to improve their socio-economic status annually and that corporations, institutions, parastatals who carry out research at any level would be interested in our services. Thus, we adopted a hybrid business model - Service for Free and Fee for Service model - to capture each user. This can be seen in our price model which caters to every user segment. We offer Free, Pay-Per-Use, Subscription (Annual & Bi-annual) and Perpetual License. Each comes with its benefits and Terms of Service. Crater Library & Publishers finance option would be restricted to social investment and grants (Foundation or Public Sector) to scale and support impact driven programmes like digitization projects. In keeping with our vision, Crater Library & Publisher seeks to engage in funding and publishing relevant research in Africa, engage in digitization projects for (a)Historical (Pre-colonial and Colonial) documents as part of its content acquisition (b) Offer digitization services (at a fee) to institutions, libraries and other organisations in Africa who seek to digitise their collection.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
My name is Adachukwu Onwudiwe. I am 32 years old and i'm from Nigeria. I am a graduate of Library and Information Science from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and have over 7 years job experience as a research librarian. In addition, I am an advocate of public libraries and a writer. I enjoy finding distinctive ways to solve peculiar problems in my environment. I would be described as a creative person who is reliable and persistent in my pursuit of creating equality in access to knowledge resources because I believe that inequality in access to education leads to economic inequality which creates social crimes and loss of value. In recognition of my contribution to literary development in my community, I was awarded Creative Intelligence Award in 2018 by Young Women and Men Creative Association. I was also awarded the Young but Influential Awards 2018 at the Enugu Readers Summit & Awards organised by Impact Field Global Youth Initiative. In 2018, I participated in the Fate Foundation/Facebook Aspiring Entrepreneurship Programme and emerged winner of the pitch competition. I went on to represent my state at the nationals. My motto in life and business is "Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts."