Digitization Strategies for Legacy Resources in Africa: Incremental or Collection Based Approaches? Experience from the Un...
Digitization in the African context<br />Collection approach<br />Large, undigitized  legacy document collections<br />Sel...
HOORC and its community<br />Research focused, but<br />Functional role in development process<br />Explanation and interp...
HOORC’s Library<br />Founded through donation of a special collection<br />Part of UB Libraries network<br />“Satellite” B...
Development of digitization strategies<br />Demand for Botswana documents<br />Development of UB Main Campus archives team...
The incremental approach<br />ILL: 2005 Main Campus-HOORC  agreement to scan and link instead of sending hard copy<br />Sl...
The collection approach<br />Recognition of, and demand for, content of legacy collections<br />Organization of legacy mat...
Digitization work<br />Selection of collection and materials<br />Creating the team: a multi-organization partnership<br /...
What we learned<br />Both approaches need to be based on user needs / interest<br />Incremental approach easy, useful and ...
Political implications<br />“Local” content?<br />Codified vs. uncodified<br />Who should select?<br />Return on investmen...
Dr Casper Bonyongo and Pete Smith in the field, Okavango Delta, 1990s<br />
Monica Morrison<br />mmorrison@orc.ub.bw<br />http://lib.orc.ub.bw<br />http://flowhoorc.bogspot.com<br />Thanks to BIOKAV...
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Digitization Strategies for Legacy Resources in Africa: Incremental or Collection Based Approaches? Experience from the University of Botswana

  1. 1. Digitization Strategies for Legacy Resources in Africa: Incremental or Collection Based Approaches? Experience from the University of Botswana<br />ICADLA-1: Connecting Africans to their Own Resources: Developing Policies and Strategies for Africa’s Digital Future, 1-3 July 2009, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia<br />Monica Morrison, HOORC, July 2009<br />
  2. 2. Digitization in the African context<br />Collection approach<br />Large, undigitized legacy document collections<br />Selection of interesting collection subsets<br />Complete digitization of subset, in context<br />Higher discovery value<br />More attractive to funders<br />More political issues<br />Incremental approach<br />Large, undigitized legacy document collections<br />Demand for single documents<br />Scanning and linking to catalogue in lieu of ILL<br />Loss of context<br />Lower discovery value<br />Fewer political issues<br />
  3. 3. HOORC and its community<br />Research focused, but<br />Functional role in development process<br />Explanation and interpretation a priority<br />Library a focal point for outreach through ODMP<br />BIOKAVANGO Project <br />
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  5. 5. HOORC’s Library<br />Founded through donation of a special collection<br />Part of UB Libraries network<br />“Satellite” Botswana Collection materials<br />Growth and success a stimulus for further donations<br />Support for both academic research and community learning <br />
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  7. 7. Development of digitization strategies<br />Demand for Botswana documents<br />Development of UB Main Campus archives team<br />Increasing pressure to house, preserve and provide access to unique local collections at HOORC<br />
  8. 8. The incremental approach<br />ILL: 2005 Main Campus-HOORC agreement to scan and link instead of sending hard copy<br />Slow but sure – now 500 digital versions of Botswana documents<br />Technical issues limited HOORC’s involvement<br />Every document represents a request or inquiry<br />
  9. 9. The collection approach<br />Recognition of, and demand for, content of legacy collections<br />Organization of legacy materials with help from Main Campus<br />BIOKAVANGO mandate for knowledge management<br />Manageable subsets for beginners<br />
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  11. 11. Digitization work<br />Selection of collection and materials<br />Creating the team: a multi-organization partnership<br />Figuring it out: equipment and technical processes<br />Working to deadlines<br />Engaging the community<br />
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  15. 15. What we learned<br />Both approaches need to be based on user needs / interest<br />Incremental approach easy, useful and a practical must-do<br />Collection-based approach challenging but with higher rewards: capacity building, profile, opportunities for partnerships, community engagement and support<br />
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  17. 17. Political implications<br />“Local” content?<br />Codified vs. uncodified<br />Who should select?<br />Return on investment: capacity, assets, goodwill<br />
  18. 18. Dr Casper Bonyongo and Pete Smith in the field, Okavango Delta, 1990s<br />
  19. 19. Monica Morrison<br />mmorrison@orc.ub.bw<br />http://lib.orc.ub.bw<br />http://flowhoorc.bogspot.com<br />Thanks to BIOKAVANGO Project and the University of Botswana Library Services<br />

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