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Title:A regional approach to building digital archives capacity in Uganda
Authors:Lowry, James
Luyomba, David
Periodical:African Research and Documentation (ISSN 0305-862X)
Geographic terms:Uganda
East African Community
electronic resources
information technology
Abstract:The article examines regional attempts to build digital archives capacity in Uganda as of 2013. It discusses the role of the Uganda Records and Information Management Department, the commitment made by the Ugandan government concerning information and communication technologies (ICTs), and the creation of digital government records in government ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) in Uganda. It also examines the regulatory framework for the management of digital records in Uganda. It shows that Uganda faces challenges in preparing for the creation of born-digital government archives. The government is already creating records through its new e-government systems, but no preparations are being made for the long-term or permanent preservation of digital records. The paper draws on the findings of the 'Aligning records management with ICT/ e-government and freedom of information in East Africa' research project conducted in five East African Community (EAC) countries (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi) between 2009 and 2011. A strategy for addressing these issues at an EAC level identified four main targets: 1. Building regional capacity through the establishment of a centre for digital records management (RM); 2. Building and resourcing national capacity for RM; 3. Strengthening legal and policy frameworks for RM; and 4. Aligning RM with EAC objectives by monitoring & evaluating implementation. Note. [ASC Leiden abstract]