Liverpool University Annual Archives Lecture: Digitisation in Africa - Issu...
Liverpool University Centre for Archive Studies
Annual Archives Lecture
Digitisation in Africa: Issues, Problems and Opportunities
Professor Marilyn Deegan, Kings College London
To be followed by a drinks reception
In 2013, the Transform Africa summit held in Kigali, Rwanda, developed the Smart Africa Manifesto, based on a number of founding principles which included putting ICT at the center of the national socio-economic development agenda; improving access to ICT; improving accountability, efficiency and openness through ICT; and leveraging ICT to promote sustainable development. This manifesto opens the door to digital developments in many different realms, including the development of digital collections and archives, and the preservation and promotion of culture through digitisation and online dissemination.
This lecture will discuss two projects in the context of growing digital awareness in Africa. Digital Sudan, and the Gacaca Archive Digitisation project in Rwanda. Digital Sudan is a a partnership for conserving and promoting Sudanese cultural and documentary heritage between a large number of Sudanese cultural organisations, King’s College London amd the University of Liverpool. The Gacaca Archive Project is digitising 60 million pages of documents relating to the legal process that tried the accused perpetrators of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. Professor Deegan will discuss the challenges of setting up digitisation services in countries where these do not currently exist, and the huge opportunities for archival training and capacity building.
Marilyn Deegan is Professor of Digital Humanities at King’s College London, Senior Consultant with ScanDataExperts and special advisor to the Digital Sudan initiative. Shehas a PhD in medieval studies: her specialism is Anglo-Saxon medical texts and herbals and she has published and lectured widely in medieval studies, digital library research, and digital humanities. She was formerly Digital Resources Director of the Refugee Studies Centre at Oxford University, where she led the development of Forced Migration Online, a major online resource for the study of forced displacement. She was also editor of the journal Literary and Linguistic Computing for 17 years.