African Studies in the Digital Age. DisConnects?


I’m shamelessly plugging this book, not only as a contributor, but because it addresses important changes for scholarship and publishing in and relating to Africa. It begins shipping this week and was launched at the ASAUK Conference earlier in September (programme available). There’s a preview with selected contents available in Google Books (and preprints of some chapters are available on the personal sites of several contributors).

African Studies in the Digital Age. DisConnects? is an essential new analysis of the effects of the digital revolution on the study of Africa, tackling questions of digitisation, access and resources, new opportunities and digital divides.”

From the publisher site:

Edited by Terry Barringer, independent scholar and Marion Wallace, British Library, London, with Jos Damen, Lucy McCann, John McIlwaine, John Pinfold and Sarah Rhodes.African Studies in the Digital Age. DisConnects? seeks to understand the complex changes brought about by the digital revolution. The editors, Terry Barringer and Marion Wallace, have brought together librarians, archivists, researchers and academics from three continents to analyse the creation and use of digital research resources and archives in and about Africa. The volume reveals new opportunities for research, teaching and access, as well as potential problems and digital divides. Published under the aegis of SCOLMA (the UK Libraries and Archives Group on Africa), this new work is a major step forward in understanding the impact of the Internet Age for the study of Africa, in and beyond the continent.Contributors are: Terry Barringer, Hartmut Bergenthum, Natalie Bond, Mirjam de Bruijn, Ian Cooke, Jos Damen, Jonathan Harle, Diana Jeater, Rebecca Kahn, Peter Limb, Lucia Lovison-Golob, Walter Gam Nkwi, Jenni Orme, Daniel A. Reboussin, Ashley Rockenbach, Amidu Sanni, Simon Tanner, Edgar C. Taylor, Laurie N. Taylor, Marion Wallace, Massimo Zaccaria.

Published by Brill, 2014. ISBN 9004279148; 9789004279148. 276 pages.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Access, Research and Researchers

1 African Studies in the Digital Age – Challenges for Research and National Libraries
Ian Cooke and Marion Wallace

2 Dazzled by Digital?
Research Environments in African Universities and Their Implications for the Use of Digital Resources
Jonathan Harle

3 Data, Data Everywhere, But Not a Byte to Think
The Pitfalls of Increased Access to Digital Resources in University History Departments in Zimbabwe
Diana Jeater

4 Improving Digital Collection Access with Simple Search Engine Optimisation Strategies
Daniel A. Reboussin and Laurie N. Taylor

Part 2 Archives and Memory

5 Building Futures
The Role of Digital Collections in Shaping National Identity in Africa
Rebecca Kahn and Simon Tanner

6 The West African Manuscript Heritage – Challenges of the Digital Revolution in a Research Economy
Amidu Sanni

7 Recovering the African Printed Past – Virtually Re-membering a Dispersed Collection in Eritrea
Massimo Zaccaria

8 Archives and the Past – Cataloguing and Digitisation in Uganda’s Archives
Edgar C. Taylor, Ashley Brooke Rockenbach and Natalie Bond

9 ‘Life is so Summarised’ – Society’s Memory in the Digital Age in Africa
Mirjam de Bruijn and Walter Gam Nkwi

Part 3 Building on Digital

10 African Newspapers in the Online World – Information Gains and Losses
Hartmut Bergenthum

11 Viewing ‘Africa Through a Lens’
Using Digitisation and Online Tools at The National Archives (UK) to Widen Audience Reach
Jenni Orme

12 The Integration of Historical Cartography into the Present Day – The Darfur Case
Lucia Lovison-Golob

Concluding Remarks
Peter Limb


Programme of scolma’s 50th anniversary conference

Index of Subjects

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