Acquisition, Preservation and Accessibility of Indigenous Knowledge in Academic Libraries in Nigeria: The Place of ICT

Nigerians interact well with their natural environment, culminating in the accumulation of diverse experiences. These experiences result in a body of indigenous knowledge which though unique to a given society or culture, forms part of the information needed by researchers. In spite of the place of indigenous knowledge in enriching […]

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Technology Intervention for the Preservation of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH)

This paper presents the initial outcomes of a key scoping study undertaken to explore the role of augmented reality and motion detecting technologies in the context of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) for museums related environments. Initial prototypes are in the form of an interactive infrared camera based application for children […]

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Tribal Archives, Traditional Knowledge, and Local Contexts: Why the “s” Matters

In this article I examine the landscape of tribal or indigenous archival management as it related to digital assets and more specifically how these might help us reimagine the intellectual property needs of local, traditional, and indigenous communities, libraries, archives, and museums as they seek to manage, preserve and reuse […]

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Indigenous Logics: Anthropological reflections on Participatory Design in Community Informatics

For anthropologists, the incorporation of local knowledge and experience becomes a fundamental challenge in the practice of participatory design (PD). This is particularly the case in the field of community informatics, in which the introduction of technology in collective spaces further complicates the design activity. The empirical studies to date […]

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Mexico’s INAH announces digital edition of the Codex Mendoza

The bilingual digital edition of the Codex Mendoza is the first attempt in the world to create a digital resource that permits an in-depth study of a Mexican codex and that allows a virtual repatriation of it. Digital Codex Mendoza is freely available through its website and through the iTunes […]

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Digital Archive of Ritual Poetry (DARP) prototype for preserving intangible cultural heritage

The National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) in Mexico City, Mexico, takes advantage of technological advances for the preservation and dissemination of material heritage, and explores new avenues of preservation and representation of intangible heritage. One example is the prototype Digital Archive of Ritual Poetry (DARP) digital tool that […]

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Using GIS Technology to Reach Afro-Colombian and Indigenous Populations

Colombian GIS Expert Carlos Julio Neisa is always looking for innovative ways to use maps and geographic data. To him, GPS coordinates can open up a world of possibilities that allow ACDI/VOCA’s Afro-Colombian and Indigenous Program (ACIP) team to design better programs. Ethnic minority populations are among the most marginalized […]

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Preservation of African Culture in the Information Age

The purpose of this paper is to appraise the importance of Information Communication Technology (ICT) in preserving African cultural heritage in the information age. It examined the nature of African culture and established that the main commonality among Africans is the oral nature of the culture. It also discussed the […]

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