From Think Africa Press, “Terrabyte Incognita: Africa Might Not Look Like You Think It Does.” By James Wan, 28 March 2014. Much of this article reviews some well-known criticisms of 2 dimensional mapping of the 3 dimensional globe and the history of African map-making. However, the last section is fresh and I particularly like the way […]

From bOING bOING‘s Cory Doctorow: “They Know Everything We Do”, a new, exhaustive report from Human Rights Watch, details the way the young state of modern Ethiopia has become a kind of pilot program for the abuse of “off-the-shelf” surveillance, availing itself of commercial products from the US, the UK, France, Italy and China in […]

Ernesto Priego, a library colleague who recently attended the “Discoverability of African Scholarship Online,” has generously offered to share his files from the workshop. He’s shared the content with a Creative Commons attribution license. The event took place in Nairobi, Kenya on 10-11 March, 2014 and was organised by the OpenUCT Initiative and the Carnegie Corporation of New […]

The Virtual Kenya site offers a variety of spatial data displayed in Google Earth intended for the benefit of Kenyan citizens and educators. As the Google Earth blog notes: “Along with a variety of tutorials and their blog, they feature over 100 informational maps to give you easy access to their data.” Several Google Earth tours are also provided, […]

What is an archive? We use the word for so many different things that it’s worth taking a closer look: In many different contexts the term archive carries with it significant weight, the term often brings with it notions of longevity, safe keeping, order and concerns with authenticity, it’s about items or records that hang together […]

Now we are two! Our second blog anniversary was yesterday, so we feel that we can congratulate ourselves today. What’s our most popular blog post? The UNESCO General History of Africa post has received 300% more views than the next most popular page on this site. It’s a great resource, is a free, full text, e-book […]

More on the successfully Kickstarted LibraryBox project releasing as v. 2.0 (public beta) in March 2014. LibraryBox is designed to enable the distribution of digital information to areas with little or no Internet access, even off the grid. It does so using open source software and very inexpensive hardware, allowing the distribution of LibraryBox hardware at […]


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