The Ulwazi Programme was represented at the recent Indigenous Knowledge and Technology Conference in Windhoek by Bheki Mchunu, Elizabeth Greyling and Niall McNulty. The conference was a fascinating mix of computer scientists and heritage professionals. Delegates from Canada, Australia, the United States of America, Great Britain, Namibia, Kenya and South Africa presented papers on innovative uses of technology to record and disseminate indigenous knowledge.
Greyling and McNulty presented a paper titled ‘The Number in my Pocket: the Power of Mobile Technology for the Exchange for Indigenous Knowledge’, which explored the ways in which the Ulwazi Programme is extending its reach through the use of mobile phones. The paper has been selected for publication in a special issue of the journal Knowledge Management for Development, out in December 2011.