I can't help you with the project you are talking about, but there is a
similar project in Mexico re indigeneous art. I could probably put you in
touch with the director of that if you are interested.
International Conflict Analysis Programme
University of Kent
On Wed, 11 Feb 1998, Dawit Angelo wrote:
> Selam all:
> I read on The MONITOR of Addis Ababa (Teusday, February 3, 98 Vol. V,
> No. 63;) that a project to digitize every work of art in Ethiopian history
> was announced by Professor Henry Loius Gates Jr. of Harvard at a US
> Embassy reception in Addis Ababa. According to the paper, this
> collaborative project in which IES (Institute of Ethiopian Studies) and The
> Dubois Institute which has a multi-million dollar agreement with Microsoft
> are involved is yet to secure funds while another CD ROM project "Ency-
> Africa" is due early next year.
> It seem that the project will generate enourmous proceeds by providing
> much needed content to Microsoft projects and I am wondering if some one
> out there has details of the project.
> aa/ How are IES and Ethiopia to benifit from the project apart from
> posetive publicity (?) and record preservation?
> bb/ Is it in deed a good idea to involve a mighty multi-national when it comes
> to such invaluable national and continental heritgaes? Wouldn't it mean less
> control, less tourist revenue once the products are electronically available,
> buying back your own at untouchable prices latter on etc. etc.? (The $150 or
> so price tag of a recently published color illustration of the same source
> material comes to mind here)
> cc/ On the technical front, is it not possible for IES to handle it in house?
> Particularly so, now that the recently announced World Bank loan of $ 5 mill.
> to Ethiopia which is earmarked for historical projects is awaiting proposals
> although the emphasis will surely be on physical preservation? I guess, I heard
> about related student works at (SISA) School of Information Science for
> Africa which is a stone throw away from IES. Are they not upgradable to a
> proposal level, at least? Does any body have details?
> dd/ With out the details, CD ROM publishing and making it electronically
> available on the web come to mind and I am also wondering, how much in terms
> of funds and what unachievable technology we are talking about to digitize
> works of art?
> I hope this surely is of interest to AFRIK-ITers.
> Dawit Angelo
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