Technology: Mapping

The British Library, with funding from the Indigo Trust, has recently conserved, catalogued, digitised and made freely available online a further 1,100 images of maps and associated documents relating to East Africa.  The material represents part of the War Office (now Ministry of Defence) Archive of cartographic and topographic material produced in the late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth […]

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This Saturday sees the 8th annual International Open Data Day and we thought it only right to celebrate a few outstanding examples of open data work we’ve seen from our grantees over the last few years. This year’s event will focus upon four areas: open research data; tracking public money flows; open mapping; and data […]

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The following guest post is republished here with the kind permission of the British Library. The post was written by map cataloguer, Nick Krebs, as part of an Indigo-funded project to catalogue, preserve and digitise map records from the Library’s War Office Archive. The following is just one of the many stories the work has […]

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The following blog post was kindly prepared by Nick Dykes, Cataloguer at the British Library. In 2014 the British Library received funding from the Indigo Trust to catalogue, conserve and digitise almost 600 colonial-era military intelligence maps of the former British East Africa, a rich historical resource held at the library in the so-called War […]

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In 1854 London physician John Snow collected addresses from victims of a cholera outbreak, put them on a map, traced the epidemic to Soho and turned off the contaminated pump. In doing so, he became one of the fathers of modern epidemiology. Yet a century and a half after Snow’s breakthrough, cholera and other diseases […]

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The following blog post was kindly provided by Nicholas Dykes and the British Library’s War Office Archive. Most of today’s international boundaries within Africa derive from the Berlin Conference of 1884-5, when the colonial powers divided the region between themselves in order to provide a framework for their own political administrations and for the regulation […]

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A guest post from the British Library on the Ogaden Punitive Force of 1901.

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Last week, I attended the first of two Medecins sans Frontieres’/Doctors without Borders (MSF) ‘Scientific Days’. From my snap poll (aka stealthily reading peoples’ name badges) many of the attendees were MSF employees or volunteers and so this conference gave me a privileged insight into the challenges, dilemmas and opportunities facing one of the world’s […]

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The following post has been kindly prepared by Nicholas Dykes, cataloguer at the British Library’s War Office Archive. The post relates to work funded by Indigo to conserve, catalogue, digitally capture and publish a number of maps and pages of text relating to the former East Africa Protectorate, Uganda and Colony of Kenya. It is hoped […]

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As part of our efforts to increase the amount of transparency and accountability work we support in Africa, a few months ago we announced a grant to Code4SA to support their School of Data Fellowship Programme (Scoda SA for short). Six months in and the programme is showing a number of promising results.

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