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Post CFP deadline 24 April for SCOLMA Conference 2017 - Document to Digital. 11 Sept 2017, Edinburgh
on: March 11, 2017, 15:53

Document to Digital: How does Digitisation Aid African Research?

Annual Conference of SCOLMA (the UK Libraries and Archives Group on Africa)

Monday 11 September 2017

The National Library of Scotland


This conference will explore digitised archives relating to Africa and how they are being used. We would welcome papers relating to archives across a range of media including documents and manuscripts, photographs, newspapers, historical printed collections, audio-visual material, historical artefacts and born-digital material.

Subjects might include:

    How digitised archives are used in research and teaching

    How should the next generation of researchers be trained as technology advances?

    What is hidden by digitisation?

    What forms of research are improved by using digitised archives?

    What is the impact on original archives after digitisation?

    What are the effects of the digitisation of collections on libraries and archives in Africa and elsewhere?

    Which formats work best for digitisation and which are not suitable?

    Technical enhancement through digitisation and innovative approaches to research

Researchers, archivists and librarians are invited to submit abstracts for consideration for this conference. Papers with a strong connection to Scotland will be favourably considered.

Abstracts of up to 500 words may be sent to Sarah Rhodes at by 24 April 2017.

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  1. I have not been able to find an explanation for the story of P. J. Pretorius and his connection to the Konigsberg not being part of the official history of the war. Can anyone enlighten me about this?

    My best wishes to you and yours.


  2. As an Army Officer I am about to be posted to Kenya for a couple of years. I would be interested in running a battlefield tour of the WW1 sites in the country next year and would welcome suggestions and help from the experts.

  3. I am currently attempting to research the life story of one of the men recorded on our local ww1 memorial. His name us Sidney Evans and I know he served with ‘Bowker’s Horse’, He died 28th November 1918 at Florida Farm and is buried at the cemetery in Nakuru. I have discovered a newspaper article which names Samuel Evans claiming probate in East Africa. I am interested in how he came to be in East Africa and the circumstances of his death, also whether Samel remained there. I wonder if anyone is able to help?

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