The politics of digital" reform and revolution": towards mainstreaming and African control of African digitisation

Limb, Peter The politics of digital" reform and revolution": towards mainstreaming and African control of African digitisation. Innovation, 2007, vol. 2007, n. 34. [Journal article (Unpaginated)]

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Current challenges regarding the frame of reference and control of African digitisation projects pose serious questions about their future direction. The author suggests practical strategies aimed at mainstreaming resources and increasing African control, including the need for readers of Innovation – librarians, information scientists, archivists, and historians – to engage in the "politics" of securing this control. By maintaining ethical approaches and flexibility, by listening closely to priorities of African partners, by continuing to initiate worthwhile projects in the North yet also practically supporting African initiatives and by directing limited-end pilot projects towards mainstreaming,we can help to turn expropriation of African resources towards the harvesting of African (and Northern-based) resources for mutually beneficial use.

Item type: Journal article (Unpaginated)
Keywords: African digitisation, research, open access,FAO_AGORA, Research4Life
Subjects: B. Information use and sociology of information
B. Information use and sociology of information > BC. Information in society.
E. Publishing and legal issues.
H. Information sources, supports, channels.
H. Information sources, supports, channels. > HN. e-journals.
H. Information sources, supports, channels. > HP. e-resources.
I. Information treatment for information services
Depositing user: Thembani Malapela
Date deposited: 22 Nov 2015 16:02
Last modified: 22 Nov 2015 16:02


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