Monthly Archives: October 2013

Écrire et publier en Afrique francophone

Conference announcement for March 2014 in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa: Écrire et publier en Afrique francophone. Enjeux et perspectives. Le département de français de l’University of KwaZu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg en Afrique du Sud organise un colloque sur la littérature francophone écrite et publiée en Afrique. Celui-ci aura lieu du 17 au 19 mars 2014. La littérature africaine […]

Tweeting Westgate

An interesting review of the role of (and reactions to the use of) social media during the recent violence at the Westgate mall in Nairobi, Kenya. Reblogged from Savage Minds Backup and guest Dr. Sarah Hillewaert.

African countries sized by number of Wikipedia articles

Interactive map Is a country’s presence online based on its population size and access to the internet? Researchers at The Oxford Internet Institute mapped how much was written about each African country on the online reference site Wikipedia. The dropdown menu allows you to compare the data to a number of different factors. The researchers found […]

African concept car: SMATI Turtle 1

From the Set Up Shop site (most content in Dutch) comes an African concept car made from scrap parts in Ghana: The car is ready for export! The final testdrive is to the capital Accra. 250 KM, 12 roadblocks and many dustroads ahead. After nine weeks we develloped an African car from scratch; the SMATI TURTLE […]

Laws of preservation

Not for library geeks only? A thoughtful pair of blog entries on print and digital preservation: Paul Banks‘ 10 Laws of Preservation and Dave Thompson‘s 10 Laws of Digital Preservation. Thanks to Kevin Driedger for his library preservation blog.

The Decline of Wikipedia

The Decline of Wikipedia By Tom Simonite (October 22, 2013). MIT Technology Review. This article is worth some attention if you’re at all interested in the world’s most popular free online information resource. The community that built the largest encyclopedia in history is shrinking, even as more people and Internet services depend on it than ever. Can […]

Chat with Peter Suber

ASERL’s Open Access Week chat with Peter Suber The Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) today hosted a discussion with Peter Suber, Director of the Harvard Office of Scholarly Communications. Suber this week blogged in The Guardian to put to rest six myths of Open Access. The format was an interactive interview with questions submitted by the online audience in […]