Challenges Faced by African Archivists in Digitizing Traditional Cultural Expressions


Information professionals are now embracing digitization in the management of information. The likes of digital libraries and digital archives are becoming popular these days due to their wider accessibility and a number of other advantages. In this paper, the author is going to identify challenges faced by African archivists in the drive to digitize traditional cultural expressions.

The author is going to first define the following terms, traditional cultural expressions and digitization. Wendland [2007] states that traditional cultural expressions or folklores of conversation are tangible and intangible forms in which traditional knowledge and culture are expressed communicated and manifested, for example, traditional songs and dances, performances, crafts, names among others. On the other hand Lee S.D.[2001:3] defines digitization as “the conversion of an analog signal or code into a digital signal or code.” He also said digitization means the conversion of any analog material into electronic storage, including sound and…

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