Managing Digital Records in Africa draws on the research work of the InterPARES Trust (ITrust) project that investigated interrelated archival issues focusing on legal analysis, infrastructure, trust, authentication, and education within the African context.

This research-focused book provides a legal analysis and systematic assessment of how African institutions manage digital records in four countries (i.e., Botswana, Kenya, South Africa, and Zimbabwe). It also examines the extent to which records are managed using Internet-based applications, trust in such records, and digital record authentication to support the auditing process. Finally, it provides a curriculum analysis in digital records at institutions of higher learning in thirty-eight African countries. The book's case studies illustrate the threads of discussion, which span the ITrust domains of legislation, infrastructure, authentication, trust, and education in archives and records management.

The book can be used as a premier reference source by private and public organisations, researchers, educators, archivists, records managers, and postgraduate students to make informed decisions about digital records, records management systems, cloud-based services, authenticating records, and identifying universities on the continent that offer archival programmes. The book may also find expression to practitioners in other fields such as law and auditing.

chapter |6 pages


Background, structure, and methodology
ByMpho Ngoepe

chapter 1|42 pages

Law and recordkeeping

A tale of four African countries
ByDarra Hofman, Shadrack Katuu

chapter 2|22 pages

Digital records infrastructure in Botswana, Kenya, South Africa, and Zimbabwe

ByForget Chaterera-Zambuko, Mehluli Masuku, Sindiso Bhebhe

chapter 3|16 pages

Authentication of records for auditing processes

ByMpho Ngoepe, Jonathan Mukwevho, Olefhile Mosweu

chapter 4|12 pages

Trust dimensions of e-records in an African context

Beyond statutory provisions
ByTrywell Kalusopa, Tshepho Mosweu

chapter |4 pages


ByMpho Ngoepe