Scholarly electronic publishing -- Social aspects -- Africa.
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.
Internet in education -- Social aspects -- Africa.
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.
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.
Nygren, Thomas I.
Africa, Southern -- History -- Computer network resources.
Decolonization -- Africa, Southern -- History -- Computer network resources.
Digital libraries -- Africa.
Africa, Southern -- Historiography.
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.