Setting up an Information Resource Centre and the management of indigenous knowledge at the Harry Oppenheimer Okavango Research Centre

Bright Nkhata


This paper discusses the setting up of an Information Resource Centre at the Harry Oppenheimer Okavango
Research Centre of the University of Botswana. It systematically outlines activities involved in the creation of
an organised collection of information that has accumulated over the years in order to provide access for
researchers. The paper further points out the significance of the inclusion of indigenous knowledge sources in
such an Information Resource Centre in its future development plans. It also explains how such indigenous
knowledge will be captured and in what form; how it will be organised; how the knowledge sources will be
stored; how electronic bibliographic databases will be created and managed, and how worldwide access of
such information will be facilitated. Finally, the paper also highlights challenges and limitations to this
endeavour and emphasises that such a task would best be achieved by a multi-disciplinary approach that
would involve not only information professionals but also other professionals.

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