Challenges of building digital repositories in Africa: A case study of best practise

Bakhoum, Nafissatou
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Dakar, Sénégal
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.