January 20, 2021

paidContent Looks at a New Project From Worldreader: "E-books For Smart Kids on ‘Dumb’ Phones"

From a paidContent Article by LauraHazardOwen: Worldreader has already distributed over 75,000 e-books to students in sub-Saharan Africa. Now the literary nonprofit is launching an e-reading app designed for basic mobile phones. [Clip] Worldreader’s app, now in beta, was developed by Sydney-based startup biNu. The Bookseller explains that the app uses “cloud-based data compression technology […]

Cameroon: Digitalisation of National Archives on Target

From AllAfrica: Digitalising the National Archives with the view of consolidating national heritage and easing access to it for posterity will constitute one of the priority activities of the Ministry of Culture in the 2012 fiscal year. Culture Minister, Ama Tutu Muna, made the disclosure Tuesday November 22 after defending the ministry’s 2012 budget of […]

Kenya: National Library to Go Digital

From AllAfrica.com: Kenya National Library Services has contracted Digital Divide Data (DDD) Kenya to digitising all its documents in a bid to keep pace with changing technology Digitisation entails scanning books, reports and other documents and storing them in an electronic system from which they can be accessed and retrieved at the click of the […]

Reference: USAID Releases Open Data and Maps on Famine in the Horn of Africa

From the Development Seed Blog: This afternoon at Mashable’s Social Good Summit, USAID launched a new open data and information sharing initiative around the famine in the Horn of Africa. With this, USAID aims to take the lead in providing data to help in the response – and wants to release as much data as […]

"Rwandan Libraries Go Digital"

From the The Korea Herald: The Korea Internationel Cooperation Agency and the Rwanda Development Board recently launched a digital library to be used in 30 Rwandan business development centers. Libraries at telecenters will be equipped with several tablet computers to create an environment for developing digital content and facilitate the access of information. In the […]

Just Released: Full Text Reference Book: African Statistical Yearbook 2011 (3rd Ed.)

Direct to African Statistical Yearbook 2011 (3rd Ed.) 343 pages; PDF From the Introductory Material: The 2011 African Statistical Yearbook was prepared under the overall umbrella of the African Statistical Coordination Committee set up by major continental organizations dealing with statistical development namely the African Development Bank (AfDB), the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), the […]

Digitization Projects: "Google, Kenya Digitise Parliament Records"

From IT News Africa: Kenyans now have free online access to debates from the Hansards, a collection of debates that date back to the pre-independence Legislative Council. The earliest edition of the Hansard indexed is the Report of the Fourth Session of the Debates for the Legislative Council, dated November 24, 1959. Until currently, these […]

Digitization: "Online Archive Preserves Images from Christian Missions in Africa, Asia"

From a the Text of a VOA Report: An ambitious Internet project is bringing to light forgotten images from Africa, Asia, and other parts of the world during the period when missionaries were active.  The International Mission Photography Archive contains more than 60,000 historic photographs that show cultural interaction – through missionaries – with the […]