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Creating science and technology information databases for developing and sustaining Sub-Saharan Africa's indigenous knowledge

Nwagwu, Williams

Abstract:
In this article, indigenous knowledge is defined to be holistic of all forms of knowledge emanating from an indigenous community. The critical relevance of local science and technology information (STI) databases in the development and sustainability of Africa’s indigenous knowledge is discussed. It is advocated that local African STI databases should be considered required development infrastructures because they will provide information resources that are more adequate for national planning and management than their international counterpart. Furthermore, the various stakeholders and their role-play are identified and the policy environment of STI databases in Africa examined. Constraints notwithstanding, local databases for African STI resources are envisaged to enhance global distribution and sharing of Africa’s indigenous knowledge.

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Document Title: Creating science and technology information databases for developing and sustaining Sub-Saharan Africa's indigenous knowledge


Document Type:Journal Article (Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:Research
Country:African Continent
Keywords:Information & Communication Technology ICT, Policy, Science and Technology, Databases, Sustainable Development, Indigenous Knowledge


File Size:108 KB
Rights:This is the author's post print.
Additional information:Accepted for publication by the Journal of Information Science
Date Added:06 February 2007


Nwagwu, Williams (2007). Creating science and technology information databases for developing and sustaining Sub-Saharan Africa's indigenous knowledge. Journal of Information Science (forthcoming)