5,000 websites indexed in ilissAfrica
October 1, 2013 1 Comment
ilissAfrica managed to hit the 5,000 mark in October: The database on internet resources offers a collection of websites from and on sub-Saharan Africa. These websites are indexed comprehensively with keywords, abstracts, and classifications.
The website “Word of Mouth” of the Goethe-Institut was the 5,000th website indexed by the staff of ilissAfrica. It offers a very good introduction to the topic of orality. The project aims to build bridges between societies shaped by oral traditions and the predominantly text-based global knowledge society. In addition, “Word of Mouth” presents information on German activities in the field of oral history, oral literature, new media and indigenous knowledge thus facilitating intercultural exchange.
ilissAfrica’s “General search” allows a combined search in major African Studies library catalogues and databases together with the database on websites mentioned. Try the following search for “orality“. Another example might be the search for “truth commission” leading not only to books, articles and other full text studies, but also to the offical website of the truth commissions of South Africa, Kenya, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
Aften four years of operation the “internet library sub-saharan Africa” is very proud to be labled as “an excellent resource” by the standard reference work “African Studies Companion” published online by Brill and edited by Marie-José Wijntjes (founding editor: Hans Zell). We appreciate any feedback to further improve ilissAfrica.
Finally, your institution might abandon to collect, present and care for lists of links to websites in profiting from the work of ilissAfrica. Just use the ilissAfrica-search box instead for free. You have to copy some lines of HTML code to your website to either include the “General search” or the search for websites only.
See one example by the colleagues of the Centre for interdisciplinary Research on Africa (CRIA) / Zentrum für interdisziplinäre Afrikaforschung (ZIAF) at Frankfurt Goethe University on their site “Further Links“: