Card readers were used to confirm permanent voter cards during the 2019 Presidential elections in Nigeria.
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Digitisation has enhanced the conduct of elections in Nigeria but there are still some drawbacks affecting its efficiency.
Electronic payments have expanded the Ghanaian economy.
Taxing electronic payments is key to raising revenue form the informal sector
Despite its cutting-edge image, Japan has a soft spot for the decidedly 20th-century machines.
A panel of winter sports experts told us that pandemic-enforced technological advances are providing hope for the shattered sector.
Under lockdown, Cineteca Milano is releasing 20 archived films a week online. Why aren’t we seeing this from our National Film and Sound Archive?
Workers pack coffee sachets at the Dormans coffee factory in Nairobi, Kenya.
With an outdated story that gives up on manufacturing, Africa will fail to close the huge digital gap it still faces.
Libraries, archives, museums and galleries have finally been included in South Africa’s contested new proposed copyright bill.
Digitisation includes the delivery of agronomic advice and information via text messaging and interactive voice response.
There have been some positive strides made in getting smallholders involved in digital agriculture in Africa
Ready to spatially manipulate 3D bat skulls from the comfort of your own computer?
Shi et al, PLoS ONE 13(9): e0203022
Museums’ collections are a priceless resource for scientists, but they’re not easy to access. Digitizing specimens – like the 700 bat skulls the author studied – is a way to let everyone in.
With a lot not on display, museums may not even know all that’s in their vast holdings.
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A tiny percentage of museums’ natural history holdings are on display. Very little of these vast archives is digitized and available online. But museums are working to change that.
Metropoles like Shanghai have survived and thrived in large part because of their massive populations. But what happens when people start to become a liability rather than an asset?
Research shows that technology disrupts economies of scale, turning megacities’ huge populations from strength to liability. To survive, megacities, like companies, must adapt.
John Z'graggen’s tapes from Madang.
There are hundreds of different languages spoken in the Pacific region that could be lost. So it’s important to safeguard what recordings we have in a digital archive available to all.
Off to the great video library in the sky…
The rise and fall of video and music formats.
Human-centred leraning, a thing of the past?
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In the mid-1980s as a further education lecturer I was mocked by some more traditional colleagues for using “lantern slides”, their term for the then newfangled technology of the overhead projector, or…
Are libraries destined to be archaeological sites of the pre-digital age?
Today we eagerly embrace new technology for fear of being left behind. A toddler with an iPad in hand is a welcome sign of a child learning to succeed in a digital world. Remainders of the pre-digital…