The Digital Memory Toolkit aims to address a lack of digital literacy in community memory projects by giving project teams the insight and tools necessary to undertake digital memory projects. Projects of this nature commonly have twofold relevance – helping to preserve local knowledge and also empowering community members through skills training and engagement. This digital toolkit therefore takes the form of an introductory training manual that serves as a knowledge resource, providing information on how to set up a digital memory project, including sections on project planning and management, which software to use, training, oral history methodology and digital resource management.
The sections in this toolkit provide information for African NGOs, libraries, archives, museums and schools to initiate and run their own digital memory projects, using free, open-source technology and community volunteers.
I’ve been following the McNulty’s work for a few years now (see other items for Niall and Grant in the Ethnos Project Resources Database). I encourage you to check out the projects they have worked on in South Africa – some very good stuff there involving social technologies and their use in preserving and sustaining local knowledge and cultural resources.