- ItemA PARTNERSHIP THAT UNDERPINS SUSTAINABLE CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT PPT(2012-06-14) Wilson, DeborahThe digitization of heritage and knowledge sources has been adopted relatively recently in Africa. Digitization has depended largely on external funding through grants from foreign trusts, overseas educational institutions such as universities, and foreign governments; this has yet to be adopted as common practice throughout the continent. Public Private Partnerships (PPP) combining grants and private investment are also widely used. Adoption has been fragmented as some countries have very little ICT infrastructure. Some African governments have introduced digitization in the implementation of large ICT-based projects. The Kenyan Government, an example of this, has published digital versions of parliamentary procedures, national census data and government expenditure data in order to fulfil, among other goals, its constitutional commitment to citizens’ rights of access to government information (Kenya Open Data Project, 2011: 6).
- ItemDeveloping New Approaches to the Preservation and Sharing of Africa’s Printed Heritage: The Eritrean Case(2012-06-14) Tewolde, Azeb; Zaccaria, MassimoThe project that we have been working in the last two years is the case of a dispersed collection and the attempt to virtually recreate/ reassemble it. The project was financed by the European Union (EU) with the granting of a Marie Curie fellowship and implemented in cooperation with the Research and Documentation Centre of Asmara and the University of Pavia (Italy) in the period 2009-2011.
- ItemCHALLENGES AND PROSPECTS FACING THE DIGITIZATION OF HISTORICAL RECORDS FOR THEIR PRESERVATION WITHIN THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES OF ZIMBABWE PPT(2012-06-14) Sigauke, Delight T.; Nengomasha, Dr C. T.The National Archives of Zimbabwe Act (1986) has declared that historical records in particular must be protected against any destruction, defacing, alteration, mutilation or damage. Despite this, the pace at which digitization has been implemented by the National Archives of Zimbabwe and other memory institutions to ensure the protection and preservation of historical records and other valuable information materials, has been slack and ad-hoc. This paper will present and discuss the circumstances and challenges facing the country’s National Archiving institution in embarking on digitization efforts to preserve selected public and private historical records and archives-generated public registries, memory institutions and other information centres in Zimbabwe.
- ItemEXAMINING TECHNICAL ISSUES OF THE WORLD DIGITAL LIBRARY IN UGANDA: CHALLENGES AND PROSPECTS(2012-06-14) Kaddu, Sarah; Kalule, EzraWith the agreement and subsequent signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Library of Congress (LC) and the National Library of Uganda (NLU) in 2009, NLU became an active partner institution of the World Digital Library (WDL). Since then, technical processes related to digitizing Uganda’s cultural heritage have been managed. These include: identification of digitizable cultural materials/content selection, scanning, metadata, preservation and conservation and the creation of the Uganda Digital Repository. The aim of this paper was to examine the challenges encountered in managing the technical activities and propose solutions for better management of the WDL in Uganda. Objectives included: to examine the technical services involved in the digitisation process; to identify challenges faced in executing the technical processes; and to identify solutions to the challenges. Data collection was effected through analysis of WDL literature relevant to technical activities in general and the WDL (Uganda) in particular; participant observation of technical processes; and a Focus Group Discussion with employees. Personal experience also applied in explaining some aspects of the research. The paper should generate critical information and debate on the management of WDL technical processes, the challenges, and also strategies to overcome the challenges. The paper should benefit the project administrators, staff and other stakeholders in working towards better performance of the WDL in general and WDL (Uganda) in particular.
- ItemREMARKS FROM THE CHAIR OF THE IFLA AFRICA SECTION(2012-06-14) Okojie, VictoriaDear Colleagues Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen I feel highly honoured and privileged to be invited to make some remarks at the 2nd International Conference on African Digital Libraries & Archives (ICADLA-2). Let me reiterate that the IFLA Africa Section participated actively in organizing the first conference (ICADLA-1) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 2009 and I am happy that the second conference is taking place in South Africa, thereby giving more colleagues from the different sub-regions of Africa to participate.