Access to African Information

May 21st, 2008 by Danise Hoover

Did you see the article in Tuesday’s (May 20th) Science Times that talked about digitizing rare documents from Timbuktu? The group that is responsible for this is ALUKA, a Mellon Foundation funded organization designated to make all kinds of information about Africa available to a wide audience. While the Timbuktu documents won’t be ready for a while, you can see what is available through ALUKA by linking to it from the Hunter College Library’s list of databases. Right now, there is a wealth of information on African plants, documents concerning the end of Apartheid in South Africa, and a miscellaneous section called Cultural Heritage that contains information about historic sites, and documents like those from Timbuktu.

Take a look at this and let us know what you think. At the present time, we have a trial subscription, but would like the input from the Hunter community on how useful this will be.

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One Response to “Access to African Information”

  1. Dee Burton, Ph.D. Says:

    Yes, the ALUKA database will be valuable. It will be useful to me in my African health research. And it will be useful to students who take my course in Human Rights and Public Health.
    Thank you for subscribing to this.
    Dee Burton

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