Africa Today

Africa Today
Volume 52, Number 2, Winter 2005
Special Issue: African Electronic Publishing

CONTENTS

    Limb, Peter.
  • The Digitization of Africa
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    Subject Headings:
    • Africa -- Study and teaching -- Periodicals -- Electronic publishing.
    • Scholarly periodicals -- Electronic publishing -- Africa.
    • Digital libraries -- Africa.
    • Scholarly electronic publishing -- Social aspects -- Africa.
    Abstract:
      Globalization and technological change are driving new developments in electronic publishing and learning—developments that are dominating the transmission of educational information. African studies in the North are harnessing these developments to enhance the study of Africa. While control of, and profits from, these trends largely bypass Africa, there is growing evidence of successful African digital ventures. A new "scramble for Africa," for information resources to digitize, suggests a new process is unfolding: the digitization of Africa. This article outlines these trends and discusses priorities and principles underpinning evolving partnerships. The challenge for all involved in the digitization of African resources is to ensure access, sustainability, and fairness in the sharing of these resources. These goals can be furthered by close cooperation with and listening to African partners, and by the design and implementation of models that effectively deliver information resources over the long term in mutually beneficial ways.
    Miner, Edward A.
    Missen, Cliff.
  • "Internet in a Box": Augmenting Bandwidth with the eGranary Digital Library
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    Subject Headings:
    • Digital libraries -- Africa.
    • Computer network resources -- Africa.
    • Internet in education -- Social aspects -- Africa.
    Abstract:
      In terms of information access, the internet and the World Wide Web hold forth a historically unique chance for African universities to gain a more equal footing with their sister institutions in the West, yet most African universities are many years, possibly decades, away from reliable, robust ICT and adequate bandwidth. This paper will examine the ways in which the dearth and expense of bandwidth in Africa, in spite of heavy donor investment, pose a structural disincentive for the digitization of local content. It highlights the human and technical hurdles that face librarians. Finally, it reviews the potential role that bandwidth augmentation schemes, like the WiderNet Project's eGranary Digital Library, have to play in the sustainability of digital library development on campuses around Africa and in the rest of the developing world.
    Smart, Pippa.
  • Increasing the Visibility of Published Research: African Journals OnLine
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    Subject Headings:
    • Scholarly periodicals -- Electronic publishing -- Africa.
    • African periodicals -- Electronic publishing.
    Abstract:
      The rise of the internet has increased expectations about how research information can and should be disseminated globally, and this change has had an impact on journals published within Africa—journals that have previously been unable to take advantage of this medium. This article investigates the current visibility of African journals in the international research community and discusses initiatives that have been developed to help researchers gain access to information and make their own published information visible to the world. It shows that the African Journals OnLine (AJOL) service has provided a valuable window for these publications, and offers many lessons about the challenges encountered by journals and what support is required to build capacity and sustainability.
    Isaacman, Allen F.
    Lalu, Premesh.
    Nygren, Thomas I.
  • Digitization, History, and the Making of a Postcolonial Archive of Southern African Liberation Struggles: The Aluka Project
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    Subject Headings:
    • Africa, Southern -- History -- Computer network resources.
    • Decolonization -- Africa, Southern -- History -- Computer network resources.
    • Digital libraries -- Africa.
    • Africa, Southern -- Historiography.
    Abstract:
      This paper describes the history of an initiative to digitize a postcolonial archive on the struggle for freedom in Southern Africa. The authors outline the intellectual architecture of the project and the complex epistemological, political, and technical challenges that they confronted in their endeavor to construct a digital archive that might help reorient scholarly debates on the struggle for liberation.

Book Reviews

    Gibbs, James.
  • African Drama and Performance (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Conteh-Morgan, John, ed. African drama and performance.
    • Olaniyan, Tejumola, ed.
    • Theater -- Africa -- History -- 20th century.
    Salau, Mohammed Bashir.
  • Fighting the Slave Trade: West African Strategies (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Diouf, Sylviane A. (Sylviane Anna), 1952-, ed. Fighting the slave trade: West African strategies.
    • Slave trade -- Africa, West -- History -- Congresses.
    O'Bannon, Brett R.
  • Undermining Development: The Absence of Power Among Local NGOs in Africa (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Michael, Sarah. Undermining development: the absence of power among local NGOs in Africa.
    • Non-governmental organizations -- Zimbabwe.
    Schafer, Loveness.
    Schafer, Mark.
  • The Failure of the United Nations Development Programs for Africa (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Ratsimbaharison, Adrien M. Failure of the United Nations development programs for Africa.
    • Economic assistance -- Africa.
    Gearhart, Rebecca.
  • Dan Ge Performance: Masks and Music in Contemporary Côte d'Ivoire (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Reed, Daniel B. (Daniel Boyce), 1963- Dan Ge performance: masks and music in contemporary Côte d'Ivoire.
    • Dan (African people) -- Rites and ceremonies.
    Hoffman, Danny, 1972-
  • No Peace No War: An Anthropology of Contemporary Armed Conflicts (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Richards, Paul, 1945 May 14-, ed. No peace no war: an anthropology of contemporary armed conflicts.
    • War.
    Summers, Carol, 1964-
  • Becoming an African University: Makerere 1922-2000 (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Sicherman, Carol. Becoming an African university: Makerere 1922-2000.
    • Makerere University -- History -- 20th century.
    Holtzman, Jon.
  • The Iraqw of Tanzania: Negotiating Rural Development (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Snyder, Katherine A. Iraqw of Tanzania: negotiating rural development.
    • Iraqw (African people) -- Tanzania.
    Sheridan, Michael J.
  • Islands of Intensive Agriculture in Eastern Africa (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Widgren, Mats, ed. Islands of intensive agriculture in Eastern Africa.
    • Sutton, John Edward Giles, ed.
    • Agricultural intensification -- Africa, Eastern.

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