CALIS Sud: open access and its place in building an information culture in French-speaking Africa

Adapting software designed to teach methods of information access for use in a new cultural context raises a number of issues. CALIS (Computer-Assisted Learning for Information Searching), designed in (and for) Swiss universities, had to be modified in a number of ways to make it suitable for use in French-speaking Africa. The new programme, christened CALIS Sud, had to take into account what the authors call “principles of reality”; it is thus based solely on open access resources.