The Musawwarat Graffiti Archive promotes the study and the physical and digital preservation of African cultural heritage. It also encourages scientific collaboration regardless of users’ locations or means. Access to cultural heritage on a global scale is often restricted to members of the Western world. Non-Western as well as non-institutional researchers frequently find it difficult to gain access to data collections and even research results on cultural heritage, effectively excluding them from studying their/our past and from meaningfully partaking in the global academic discourse.
The Musawwarat Graffiti Archive is contributing to bridging the digital and knowledge divides by opening a research archive, thus helping to connect researchers and research communities. It develops ideas for bringing large bodies of primary data and research results into the global public domain, and it thereby promotes open access principles.
Text: Cornelia Kleinitz, Robert Casties, Simone Rieger (2011, last update: 17/04/2012)