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    Optimum curriculum for effective digital management of cultural heritage: The Uganda perspective
    (AL AKHAWAYN UNIVERSITY, IFRANE, MOROCCO, 2016-06-22) Kigongo-Bukenya, Isaac M. N.
    Concern for cultural heritage not a new phenomenon in Uganda Cultural institutions preserve and pass on cultural heritage Several legal deposit provisions in Uganda - Supplemented by the Copyright and Neighboring Act, 2006 Digitization of cultural heritage began at MakLib in the late nineties The Africana Section collects traditional cultures on tombs, shrines, etc Since 2007 WDL digitizing Uganda Cultural Heritage pooled with WDL partners in the world Difference between Makerere Digitized cultural heritage and that of the WDL (U) is accessibility by all
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    Challenges of building digital repositories in Africa: A case study of best practise
    (Dakar, Sénégal, 2016-06-22) Bakhoum, Nafissatou
    Creating the sustainable means to safeguard and make the African scientific memory evolutive for future generations make challenges regarding preservation and knowledge sharing most acute. Then, many initiatives have been developed to generate synergies at a national and regional level in order to raise awareness in the urgent need to implement policies and programs to safeguard and valorize the rich African historical, scholarly and cultural heritage. But, despite resolutions and recommendations outlining road maps to root out the continent from isolation regarding the internationally networked system of knowledge production and sharing, there are now few relevant African contents freely accessible. And this, in spite of the existing potential and huge progress made in ICT outputs. In the general African context, with limited economic resources, one can therefore understand why such challenges are of urgent pressure. 1 - Challenges attached to the preservation and valorization of African scholarly contents. 2 - Presenting a case study of best practice: the digital repository of IFAN Ch A Diop.
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    Optimum curriculum for effective digital management of cultural heritage: The Uganda perspective
    (Uganda Christian University (UCU), 2016-06-22) Kigongo-Bukenya, Prof Isaac M. N
    LIS Education curriculum in Uganda is as old as the East African School of Library and Information Science (EASLIS) which started producing Information Professionals (IPs) since 1963. This paper probes whether Uganda LIS Education Curriculum currently offered by EASLIS is capable of graduating IPs specialized in digitization. It is premised on the hypothesis that an optimum curriculum is key to Digital Library Education in producing IPs to spearhead effective digitization management. Ma, O’Brien and Clegg (2006:165-174) concur that Digital Library Education (DLE) has assumed increasing importance. Sreenivasulu (2000: 12-20) agrees that the best IPs to implement digitization, are those “combining librarianship and technology”.
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    Jstor Digitization Project in Nigerian University Libraries: Policy Issues in Building and Sustaining Digital Collections
    (Bayero University, 2016-06-22) Diso, Lukman I
    With funding from the MacArthur Foundation, ITHAKA (JSTOR) has collaborated with two Nigerian university libraries – Bayero University, Kano and University of Ibadan, Ibadan – to develop digital collections. “The purpose of this digitization project is to build capacity within the academic library at two major Nigerian academic institutions, to enable the digitization and dissemination of a modest number of historically significant collections and documents archived at these institutions, and to further expand awareness of these important primary source collections to scholars and students in Nigeria as well as those across Africa and beyond” [(Masinde & Rajan, (2011)].This paper attempts to examine the objectives and terms of collaboration as articulated in the signed memorandum of understanding (MoU) between ITHAKA and the institutions, the management of the collaboration, the Decapod technology system deployed for the digital labs to execute the digitization project, policy issues and institutional capacity building, and the implications for the future of digital collections, archiving/preservation in Nigerian universities.
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    Building an online indigeous knowledge Library on culture, Environment and History: Case Study of Elimu Asilia
    (National Museums of Kenya, 2016-06-21) Owano, Ashah
    Kenyan libraries and information centres are inadequately equipped with local indigenous knowledge (IK) content to contribute to global digital knowledge economy. Scarcity of community stories and information on the web undermines the role of librarians and other information workers, denying local communities opportunity to participate in the development of local content about their communities and encourage them to use and appreciate local library services. All over the world, indigenous knowledge has been recognized as distinct, legitimate, valuable and vulnerable system of knowledge that requires appropriate skills to handle and manage. In Kenya, like most African countries, events and accounts were transmitted orally from one generation to another. The data/information was hardly documented. This paper presents a case study of ‘Elimu Asilia’, a participatory platform for developing local content where National Museums of Kenya librarians working with researchers and volunteers interact with local communities including children in the collection, preparation, preservation, sharing, exchange and dissemination of IK on culture, environment and history for memory, national sustainability and eco-social development using information communication technologies. It is envisaged that this platform will contribute towards the reduction of digital divide, sharing of community IK and promote global online communities for indigenous knowledge.