Articles & Journals dealing with Indigenious Knowledge

Indigenous knowledge is local, mostly traditional knowledge covering medicine, agriculture, religion, rituals and many other spheres of every day life. It still plays a major role in many African countries today, is usually transmitted orally from one generation to the next and is therefore in danger of being forgotten. This section focuses on the exploration, research and recording of indigenous knowledge, and the improved access to it.
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    Awerweg, Udo Richard & Greyling, Elizabeth Hester:
    Some challenges for Information and Communication Technologies in Indigenous Knowledge preservation [pdf]
      english

    By digitalising indigenous knowledge, information and communication technology (ICT) offers new opportunities and perspectives for the global information society, as well as for the local communities in which indigenous knowledge was (and continues to be) developed. This essay examines some of the problems which may arise when ICT is used for cultural knowledge, such as the issues around context, dates, information and knowledge (as these are often viewed differently by the West than by indigenous cultures).

    Berckmoes, Lidewyde: Protecting Indigenous Knowledge in South Africa [pdf]   english

    This study, authorised by the foreign ministry of the Netherlands, examines how indigenous or local knowledge can be protected as intellectual property by copyright laws in order to create a climate which promotes the production, appreciation and utilisation of local knowledge to the benefit of the country’s further economic and social development. South Africa is taken as an example for study.

    Emeagwali, Gloria: African Indigenous Knowledge Systems (AIK): Implications for the Curriculum   english

    This essay discusses conceptual questions connected to indigenous knowledge systems, including the interface between scientific and indigenous knowledge systems. It also looks at the role of libraries with regard to imparting indigenous knowledge. Models and approaches to teaching, learning and researching indigenous knowledge are explored as well.

    Green, Lesley J F: The Indigenous Knowledge Systems Policy of 2004: Challenges for South African Universities [pdf]   deutsch

    This study examines the strategy, adopted by the South African cabinet in 2004, to integrate indigenous knowledge systems into education, agriculture, science, law, art and the health system. The author finds it important that the country deals with indigenous knowledge systems, but she critically examines the methods with which the government intends to achieve such integration.

    Greyling, Betsie: Preserving Indigenous Knowledge: a model for Community Participation in African Libraries.   english

    This contribution proposes a model for establishing a participative digital library of indigenous knowledge. The model relies on public libraries and aims at developing a virtual platform which makes a decisive contribution to the global information society and at the same time strengthens everybody involved by preserving their traditional knowledge, improving access to it and by supporting their competencies in terms of dealing with modern information and communication technology.

    Greyling, Elizabeth & Sipho Zulu: Content Development in an Indigenous Digital Library: a case study in Community Participation [pdf]   english

    Greyling and Zulu show on the basis of the ULWAZI project in Durban how African libraries can make indigenous knowledge available by offering a contextualised online information service. With the help of modern information technology, a platform has been created which allows communities to participate actively in gathering and processing local cultural knowledge.

    IK Notes on Indigenous Knowledge and Practices   english

    This online magazine examines the use of this indigenous knowledge and local practices with regard to economic and social development. The World Bank published the magazine in English and French until 2006.

    Indigenous Knowledge Systems in Ethiopia   english

    This report on a workshop conducted by OSSREA (Organisation for Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa) on the subject of “Indigenous knowledge systems” in March 2002 contains summaries of the lectures presented on topics in which indigenous knowledge in Ethiopia plays a special role, e.g. philosophy, medicine and agriculture.

    Indilinga: African Journal of Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IAJIKS)   english

    Indilinga is an independent and accredited publication which deals with issues connected to the publication, distribution and recognition of indigenous knowledge systems. Important subjects in this context include methodology, ethics, gender research, education, science and technology, art, food systems and socio-cultural questions. The editing team consists of scientists from Southern Africa, West Africa and Norway. The scientific advisory board is international.

    Moahi, Kgomotso H.: Promoting African Indigenous Knowledge in the knowledge economy: exploring the role of higher education and libraries   english

    The starting point of this PowerPoint presented at a conference is that indigenous knowledge is marginalised. It proceeds to highlight the potential of indigenous knowledge systems for the global information economy. In order to fully utilise this potential more efficiently, it is recommended that universities in African countries increasingly include indigenous knowledge in their curricula and intensify research in this field. At the same time libraries are to gather indigenous knowledge and make it available in order to improve access to it and increase awareness of it.

    Sithole, Jabulani: The Challenges faced by African Libraries and Information Centres in documenting and preserving Indigenous Knowledge [pdf]   english

    African libraries encounter a multitude of problems when they seek to collect and document indigenous knowledge. Often there is no legal framework, staff and financial requirements are lacking and it is difficult to keep up with the development of information technology in terms of documenting and facilitating knowledge. On the basis of practical examples and experiences, this conference contribution discusses a multitude of challenges and possible solutions.