Tag: Digitisation

SCOLMA Annual Conference 2017 ‘Document to Digital: How does Digitisation Aid African Research?’

 Monday 11 September 2017.

The National Library of Scotland.



To Register for the Conference you can use our On-line Registration Form : Click HERE
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9.00        Registration

9.20        Welcome

9.30        Keynote and Panel 1: Digitising Historical Sources

Keynote: Saving Archives through Digitisation: Reflections on Endangered Archives Programme Projects in Africa

Jody Butterworth (Endangered Archives Programme)

10.10     Panel 1

The Material Remains of the Church of Scotland Mission in Kenya: Reflections from an “Endangered Archives Project”

Tom Cunningham (University of Edinburgh)

From Zimbabwe to Stirling: Opening up the Peter Mackay Archive

Karl Magee (University of Stirling)

10.50     Questions to keynote speaker and panellists

11.15     Coffee break

11.45     Panel 2: Using Digital Archives for Science and Social Science Research

Repeat Landscape Photography, Historical Ecology and the Wonder of Digital Archives

Dr Rick Rohde (University of Edinburgh), Samantha Luise Venter and Professor M. Timm Hoffman (Plant Conservation Unit, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Cape Town). Paper to be delivered by Dr Rohde.

Free Access to Research Publications for Developing Countries: The Research Archive of the French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development (IRD)

Pier Luigi Rossi (Institut de recherche pour le développement (IRD), Bondy-France)

12.45     Lunch

13.30     SCOLMA AGM

14.00     Panel 3: Digital Archives in the Aftermath of the Rwandan Genocide

‘Digitising the Gacaca Archive, Rwanda: Issues, Challenges and Opportunities’

Marilyn Deegan and Geoff Laycock (King’s College London and ScanDataExperts)

Digital Archives in a Changing Rwanda

Hannah Grayson (University of St Andrews) and Paul Rukesha (Aegis Trust, Rwanda) to be delivered by Professor Nicki Hitchcott on the authors’ behalf

       ‘Sudan Memory: Using Digitisation to Preserve and Promote At-Risk Culture’

Marilyn Deegan and Geoff Laycock (King’s College London and ScanDataExperts)


15.30     Tea break

16.00     Panel 4: Archivists, Researchers and Digitisation

Making African Academic Resources Accessible: The Story of the Kwabena Nketia Archives 65 Years On

Judith Opoku-Boateng (University of Ghana)

       Preserving Africa’s Archives and Information through Digitization – Case Studies from Digital Divide Data

Peres Were (Africa Partnerships, Digital Divide Data)

       Digital Documents: How to Stimulate Usage

Jos Damen (African Studies Centre, University of Leiden)

17.30     Close

SCOLMA thanks the National Library of Scotland, Adam Matthew and Taylor & Francis for their support of the conference.

This programme is subject to change.

Conference fee £50 (£30 unwaged) to include tea/coffee and lunch.

To book a place contact Sarah Rhodes (sarah.rhodes@bodleian.ox.ac.uk).

SCOLMA Annual Conference 2016: African Medicine Matters

SCOLMA Annual Conference 2016

African Medicine Matters: documenting encounters in medical practice and healthcare

Alison Richard Building, Cambridge. 6 September 2016

To Register for the Conference you can use our On-line Registration Form : Click HERE
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9: 00    Registration

9:15    Welcome

9:20    Keynote Address


Dr Benson Mulemi, Catholic University of East Africa

Dialectical construction and deconstruction of contemporary African Medicine.


10:15   Panel 1

Dr Anne Samson, Great War in Africa Association

Medical Practices in World War I Africa


Dr Tony Jewell

Colonial Medicine in East Africa in War and Peace 1910-1932


11:15     Coffee Break


11:30   Panel 2

Marcia Tiede, Area Studies Cataloguer (Africana): Northwestern University

Indigenous Care in Mali, Examples from the Cahiers Ponty


Korklu A Laryea, University of Mines & Technology, Tarkwa

Aawon Amewuda Kartey (1895-2010): A life of an ‘aborted Christian faith’ and traditional medicinal practice


12:30   Film

Asha Ahmed Mwilu, Independent filmmaker from Nairobi, will introduce her documentary about traditional and western medicine in Kenya.

1.00     Lunch

1.50    SCOLMA AGM

2.15    Panel 3

Benjamin Bronnert Walker, Wellcome Trust doctoral student in the Department of History, University of York

Christianity in the Age of Technocracy: Mission, Development and International Health in Ghana, 1919-1983


Sophie Smith, Adam Matthew

Animal attacks, dysentery epidemics and childbirth: Creating a digital archive of medical missionary experiences in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.


Dr Elinor Rooks, University of Leeds

Ebola Zombies and Vampire Scientists: Public Responses and Disease Control in Ebola and Sleeping Sickness


3.45     Tea Break

4.00     Panel 4

Erick V. A. Gbodossou, MD President PROMETRA International Dakar, Senegal

Virginia Davis Floyd, MD, MPH Vice President PROMETRA International Atlanta, GA USA

The PROMETRA International Journey: Traditional Medicine In Africa

Anselm Adodo and Jamie Hitchen, Africa Research Institute

Traditional Medicine as an alternative health care delivery system in Africa: An example from Nigeria

Dr Alistair G. Tough, University of Glasgow

Audit culture, overseas donors and medical record keeping.  Some comments based on Tanzanian experience.


5:30     Conclusion


Gathering for drinks at local pub


SCOLMA thanks the following for support for the conference: Adam Matthew, Taylor and Francis, Alison Richard Building

 This programme is subject to change.

To book a place please contact Lucy McCann – lucy.mccann@bodleian.ox.ac.uk .


African Blue Books digitised

A collection of African Blue Books has been digitised by Microform Academic Publishers and made available on their British Online Archives database. The collection covers 13 former colonies and protectorates, with volumes dating from 1821 to 1953.

‘Blue Book’ is the name given to the annual statistical reports which governors were required to compile. The books were prepared as pro-formas to be completed in the same way in each colony or protectorate. This attempt at standardisation, allowing volumes to be compared either over time or across geographies, was only partially successful owing to variations in interpretation and the availability of data. Nevertheless, the Blue Books provide the most detailed accounts of the day-to-day concerns and policies of colonial administrators. Alongside statistics, governors sometimes included other material such as maps and even illustrations of plants. Examples can be seen on Cambridge University Library’s Colonial Blue Books web page.

Collections of Blue Books can be found in a small number of libraries across the UK, including in the collections of several Scolma member libraries. The British Online Archives collection covers:

  • Basutoland 1926- 1946
  • Cape of Good Hope 1821- 1909
  • Gambia 1828- 1945
  • Gold Coast 1846- 1939
  • Kenya 1901- 1946
  • Nigeria 1862- 1945
  • Northern Rhodesia 1924- 1948
  • Nyasaland 1904- 1938
  • Sierra Leone 1824- 1943
  • Southern Rhodesia 1906- 1953
  • Tanganyika 1921- 1948
  • Uganda 1901- 1945
  • Zanzibar 1913- 1947

These join other collections in British Online Archives including Colonial and Mission records from West Africa, Universities Mission to Central Africa, and Gold Coast records of the United Society for the Propagation of the Gospel. The database is free to search and browse, but access to documents is by subscription. Registered readers of the British Library have access to these collections from Reading Rooms at St Pancras, London, and Boston Spa, West Yorkshire.

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