ACEPRD Plant Repository
The Africa Centre of Excellence in Phytomedicine and Research Development (ACEPRD), University of Jos Nigeria has noticed a paradigm shift from traditional pharmaceuticals to plant derived medication in the treatment of diseases. This paradigm shift has led to a global demand for plant-derived medicines (phytomedicines) as a primary and complementary medical tool. Within the region, traditional medicine has not been fully integrated into the modern healthcare delivery system due to the following challenges such as the safety, efficacy and stability of traditional remedies have not been fully documented, Inadequate authentication, documentation and comprehensive database of flora in the sub region, Poor academia- industry relationship and so on. ACEPRD aims to overcome these challenges by developing the field of Phytomedicine that includes the development of ACEPRD Plant Repository to aid the integration of Phytomedicine research into the healthcare delivery system in the African sub-region.
For storing and retrieving digital assets, ACEPRD Plant Repository adopted the Sci-GaIA Open Access Repository (OAR), in which specific sub-categories have been created for the use case. A DataCite-issued Digital Object Identifier (DOI) is automatically assigned by the OAR to each image to improve its findability, discoverability and reusability.