The Ulwazi Programme: Local Users, Local Language, Local Content

Presented at the IAMCR 2012 Conference, Durban, South Africa. The Ulwazi Programme uses the public library infrastructure, Web 2.0 technologies and the community to collect and disseminate indigenous knowledge and local histories. This user-generated content is compiled in an online digital library in the form of a website and access is provided through current mobile […]

The Number in my Pocket: the Power of Mobile Technology for the Exchange of Indigenous Knowledge

Niall McNulty and Ulwazi project leader Betsie Greyling presented a poster at the The Third International m-libraries Conference (https://www.usq.edu.au/m-libraries) in Brisbane, Australia recently.  The poster outlined the Ulwazi Programme’s plans for developing a system to collect indigenous knowledge via mobiles phones in the eThekwini Municipality. View the poster … Read the abstract …

Map Inanda

Map Inanda is the first project of its kind in KwaZulu-Natal to integrate sophisticated GIS (Geographic Information Systems) with the development of unique heritage resources and the promotion of heritage sites. The initial website is based on work that McNulty Consulting has been doing in Inanda with the eThekwini Municipality, KZN Literary Tourism and the […]

Taking control of the medium

A core component of the Ulwazi Programme, which uses volunteer field-workers to collect indigenous knowledge and local history from their own communities, is the transference of digital skills.  Many field-workers arrive at the Programme offices with limited ICT skills – some never having worked on a computer before – and we conduct a series of […]