Digital Libraries as a discipline deals with management, curation, acquisition, discovery and preservation of digital information. Researchers in developing regions have tried to harness the potential of digital libraries to support and enhance development efforts. However, the environment is often different and resources are scarce. This presentation will bridge the gap between digital libraries as a transformative technology in society and ICT4D, which ensures that technology is appropriate and indeed applicable to further the goals of development. Various case studies will be presented to demonstrate how to build effective digital library solutions in developmental states; this will culminate in a design framework inspired by development for current and future digital library systems.
Hussein Suleman is an Associate Professor in Computer Science at the University of Cape Town. His research is situated within the Centre for ICT for Development and the Digital Libraries Laboratory. He completed his undergraduate degrees and MSc at the then University of Durban-Westville and finished a PhD at Virginia Tech in 2002, in the area of component-based digital libraries. He actively advocates for Open Access in South Africa, and works closely with the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD), which promotes/supports the adoption of electronic theses and dissertations and generally digital libraries worldwide. He currently manages the South African ETD portal as well as the international ETD Union Archive. He collaborates with the Centre for Curating the Archive at UCT, developing software tools for preservation, dissemination and discovery for the Bleek and Lloyd and related collections. Hussein's main research interests are in digital libraries, ICT4D, information retrieval, cultural heritage preservation, Internet technology and high performance computing.