25 - 27 May 2010 Botswana
25 - 27 May 2010 Botswana
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International Conference on Digital Scholarship and Emerging Technologies
(Organized Jointly by University of Botswana, University of Pretoria (South Africa) and Council for Scientific and Industrial Research CSIR (South Africa) from 25-27 May 2010.

The rapid development of new and emerging technologies and services for information and knowledge management such as institutional repositories, cloud and grid computing, digital archiving and curation, Web 2.0 technologies among others are revolutionizing scholarship, publishing, and the storing and preservation of information. A different kind of student is also emerging (“the iPod generation”) with greater computer literacy and different kinds of expectations from the university experience. The deployment of powerful computers, high-speed networks, and large scale storage technologies has made the academic and research landscape increasingly dynamic. These transformations oblige us in academia, research and the general information service provision industry to seriously seek and develop strategies and solutions to effectively harness the new opportunities occasioned by these paradigm shifts while mitigating the challenges. The 3-day conference organized under the joint banner of the University of Botswana, University of Pretoria (South Africa) and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, CSIR (South Africa) will address various issues of digital scholarship, digital curation and emerging technologies within the theme ‘Mapping and Demystifying Digital Scholarship: Trends, Challenges and Opportunities ‘ .

Papers well researched are welcome. All papers will be peer reviewed and selected ones will be published in a high impact international refereed journal. 
Papers in electronic format should be submitted to:

Prof Stephen M. Mutula
E:mail: mutulasm@mopipi.ub.bw or smutula@hotmail.com

Conference Dates and Venue
Dates: 25-27 May 2010
Venue: University of Botswana New Conference Complex

Conference theme
Main theme:  Mapping and Demystifying Digital Scholarship: Trends, Challenges and Opportunities

  • E-learning & E-research  (mobile e-learning/ mobile e-research)
  • Institutional repositories
  • Federated search engines
  • Web 2.0 technologies & applications
  • Web 2.0  service providers and consumers
  • Virtual collaborative research  environments
  •  Africa’s undersea fibre infrastructure
  • Cloud  and grid computing
  • Open source & open access
  • Digital commons
  • Podcasting scholarship
  • Quality assurance and best practices in digital scholarship
  • Content and knowledge management
  • Data mining, digital data management
  • Digital curation and digitization
  • Communities of practice
  • Digital divides
  • Ethics, trust and intellectual property
  • Tenure, promotion and digital scholarship
  • Commercialization of research outcomes
  • Policy frameworks for digital scholarship
  • Research management in a digital environment
  • Scholarly communication, peer review and publications in a digital environment
  • E-resources and information literacy
  • Second generation libraries and patrons
  • Second generation service providers and consumers
  • Emerging technologies and Digital scholarship
  • Technological capability for DS in Africa
  • Data and information security
  • Remote hosting services
  • DS financing and sustainability
  • Local content and indigenous knowledge capability
  • Research output ownership and access to outcomes
  • Needs of digital natives and digital immigrants
  • Digital scholarship readiness
  • Information seeking and end user needs in digital scholarship
  • Open and distance learning in a digital environment
  • Attitudes and awareness in developing a Digital Scholarship environment

Target audience

  • Educationists, scientists  researchers
  • Information scientists
  • Innovation hubs and science parks managers
  • Content and knowledge managers
  • ICT infrastructure service providers and managers – mobile services, computing and software
  • Librarians and other information professionals
  • Archivists & records managers
  • Research managers
  • Curators
  • Policy makers – in tertiary education, science and technology centres
  • Students
  • Teacher training colleges
  • Document banks


  • Paper presentations
  • Poster presentations
  • Exhibitions
  • Workshops on – institutional repositories, web 2.0, digital archiving, federated searching
  • Excursions

Conference fees

  • Registration fee (International participants) – US$ 350
  • Registration fee (Local  participants) – US$ 100

Mode of Payment

Payment to be made to the following account details:

Account Name: University of Botswana
Bank Name: Standard Chartered Bank
Bank Postal Address: PO BOX 1529, Gaborone, Botswana
Account Number: 0100110109600
Transfer Ref: WS53-Digital Workshop
Branch Name: Mall Branch
Branch Code: 662167
Contact Person: Thabo Abram
Tel: 002673554071
Fax: 002673959390
Email: abramtj@mopipi.ub.bw


Paper length – maximum of 5000 words inclusive of references
Abstract lengths – 300 words
Citation Format – use APA (American Psychological Association Format)
Format of the paper – Introduction (providing context of digital scholarship issue), research problem, methodology, findings and discussion, policy and managerial implications, conclusions and recommendations

Key Deadlines

  • Submission of abstracts by prospective presenters = 30 November 2009
  • Reply  to presenters about decision on abstracts (accepted/not accepted) = 15 December 2009
  • Inform  selected presenters based on acceptance of their abstracts – 30 December  2009
  • Deadline for paper submission by presenters = End of February 2010  
  • Review of papers completed – 15 March 2010
  • Programme for the conference released  30 March 2010

Identification of opportunities, strategies and practical examples for new forms of research and scholarship and for the management of the digital content of these activities by academics, researchers, scientists, information professionals and IT experts