Mauritius focuses on digitisation
GOVERNMENTBy BiztechAfrica - Oct. 5, 2012, 10:45 a.m.
The Mauritian Information and Communication Technologies Authority (ICTA) aims to facilitate the digitisation of archived material to make it more widely available.
The Authority said it participated in the recent digitisation information sharing conference of the ITU in Geneva with a view to discovering more about digitisation procedures and practices, as it is currently seeking to convert analogue information to a digital format.
ICTA said: “There is a demand for such materials from researchers, historians, genealogists and students and academia not just within Mauritius but from overseas. Making the holdings available online is one of the challenges being addressed by the National Archives and the National Library. The National Archives has begun a phased digitisation programme since 2009 of all its historical collections and holdings. Under Phase one it aims to digitise some 530,000 pages by the end of November 2012. This material will be made available online."
"The digitisation projects of the National Library and National Archives are seen as critical for the cultural heritage since digitization offers the greatest advantages in terms of space, storage, quality and access to the original documents.”
Earlier this year, ICTA partnered with the University of Technology and began work to encourage digitisation by holding a multi-stakeholder workshop on Preservation, Conservation and Digital Archiving. The workshop brought together key institutions like the National Library, the National Archives, the Mauritius Broadcasting Corporation, Mauritius College of the Air, the print media and individuals with sizeable private collections of materials. A number of presentations were made giving an insight into the projects underway or in the pipeline by the different players.
ICTA says one of the key recommendations which emerged out of the workshop was for the players implementing projects in digitisation or who have an interest in the process to be regrouped under an umbrella organisation or association to consolidate their efforts. The other was the recognized need for policy guidance and consistent monitoring in order to optimize on the efforts being undertaken by different government bodies.
MORE GOVERNMENT NEWS
iPads for Ugandan MPsIn a move aimed at cutting the stationery costs threefold, members of the Ugandan legislature have received iPads. Read More
Airtel Malawi licence renewedMacra has approved Airtel Malawi’s application to renew its operating licence. Read More
WAAPP embraces tech for agricultureThe West Africa Agricultural Productivity Programme (WAAPP) in Nigeria has embraced the Electronic Technology Transfer (ETT) for agriculture. Read More
ITU: deep sense of loss over Nelson MandelaNelson Mandela, champion of downtrodden, wished to bridge digital divide, says the ITU in its tribute to the late statesman. Read More
BIH sets up clean tech centre of excellenceThe Botswana Innovation Hub has opened a Clean Tech Centre of Excellence to innovate in sustainable and environmentally sound solutions. Read More
Tributes stream in for Nelson MandelaFormer South African statesman and ‘father of the nation’ Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela has died at the age of 95. Read More
Govt, Lagos, telcos strike dealThe Federal Ministry of Communications Technology has ended the stand-off between the Lagos State government and the telcos, acting under the aegis of ALTON. Read More
Nigeria launches local content guidelinesNigeria’s Minister of Communication Technology has unveiled new local content guidelines for the Nigerian ICT sector. Read More
East Africa moves towards single currencyLeaders meeting at the 15th Ordinary Summit of the East African Community Heads of State in Kampala, Uganda, have moved a step closer to a single currency for the EAC. Read More
FEATURED STORYGaming app introduces investors to trading
A new virtual stock market app is equipping would-be investors with the skills they need to trade.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHCorporate cyber security threats of the year
91% of organisations polled suffered a cyber-attack at least once in the past year, says Kaspersky Lab in its security review of 2013.
COMPANY NEWSSamsung, 49M embark on consumer educational drive
Samsung Electronics South Africa has announced a national consumer education campaign in support of the 49M initiative, offering practical actions to save energy in daily life.