Awerweg, Udo Richard & Greyling, Elizabeth Hester:
Some challenges for Information and Communication Technologies in Indigenous Knowledge preservation [pdf]
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).
This work covers a joint project between the Iziko Museums of Cape Town and the Norwegian International Museums Programme on the concept for a web-based museum. It describes the strategies on which the concept is based and provides background information on the possible demand for new forms of representation for South African museums.
Schröder, Ingo W. und Voell, Stéphane: Einleitung: Moderne Oralität. Kommunikationsverhältnisse an der Jahrtausendwende [pdf]
Two authors use this text as an introduction to the anthology “Modern oral tradition: Ethnological perspectives of the multimedia presence.” They observe a worldwide renaissance of oral tradition as a result of the importance of radio, internet, mobile phones and telephones as means of communication. The text begins by explaining the term “modern oral tradition”, followed by descriptions of some of the general conditions of communication currently prevailing.
Vosloo, Steve: Towards a Sustainable Development View of Local Content using ICTs in South Africa – A Key Priority in the National Information Society Strategy
This essay refers to the document “Information Society and Development Plan and Implementation Strategy” compiled by the South African government. Steve Vosloo suggests an extended understanding of “local content” beyond the current limitations of the context of art, culture and oral tradition. He emphasises that new information and communication technologies should not be seen as a goal but as powerful and effective tools.
SMS communication technology has been examined comprehensively by the media as well as the academic world as text messaging offers a wide field of study for many, particularly linguists. This essay recommends stronger ties between research on SMS and oral traditions in order to examine the relationship between this form of communication and the changes of process of consciousness through the eAgora.