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Title:Indigenous knowledge research in Kenya and South Africa: an informetric study
Authors:Njiraine, DorothyISNI
Ocholla, Dennis N.ISNI
Onyancha, Omwoyo BosireISNI
Year:2010
Periodical:Indilinga: African Journal of Indigenous Knowledge Systems (ISSN 1683-0296)
Volume:9
Issue:2
Pages:194-210
Language:English
Geographic terms:Kenya
South Africa
Subjects:indigenous knowledge
research
databases
Abstract:The authors apply informetrics using descriptive bibliometrics to determine the development of indigenous knowledge research (IK) in Kenya and South Africa. Data was analysed using the following variables: document type; growth of literature on the subject from 1990-2008; document source(s); document affiliation; subject domain; country of publication; and nature of authorship, among other attributes. An analysis was made of international databases, including OCLC (Online Computer Library Center), MEDLINE and AGRICOLA, and national databases, including South Africa's Southern African Bibliographic Information Network (SABINET) databases (i.e. Current and Completed Research (CCR), Union Catalogue of Theses and Dissertations (UTD), and Index to South African Periodicals (ISAP)) and Kenya's Greenstone Database. Two keywords - indigenous knowledge and traditional knowledge - were used in all database searches. The authors found that IK was strongly represented in the SABINET and OCLC databases. The absence of a national (online) database showcasing Kenyan research output made it difficult to account for IK research in the country. Recommendations are provided for a follow up study and further research. The article could prove useful for decision support in IK management. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]
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