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Title:Going beyond data collection in ethnography: options for bridging the gap between researchers and archivists
Author:Wasamba, PeterISNI
Periodical:International Journal of African Renaissance Studies (ISSN 1818-6874)
Geographic term:Kenya
Subjects:anthropological research
oral history
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/18186874.2013.774695
Abstract:This article investigates options for bridging the missing link between ethnographic field research and archiving. Drawing on his experience in Kenya, the author interrogates the place of archiving in the entire fieldwork process and the roles played by researchers and archivists in promoting access. While a number of reasons explain the gap between research and archiving, he identifies lack of collaboration as the main challenge. Borrowing from the postmodernist theoretical framework, the author argues that archivists cannot detach themselves from data collection, because the decisions they make are not objective but personal and subjective. The conclusion and main message are that digital technology, in spite of its many advantages, may not deliver all that it promises to data collection and archiving. There is a need to complement digital technology data collection and archiving with traditional archiving methods because of the latter's reliability and cost effectiveness. Bibliogr., notes, sum. [Journal abstract]