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ERIC Number: EJ895671
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-2042-7530
Giving Life to Data: University-Community Partnerships in Addressing HIV and AIDS through Building Digital Archives
de Lange, Naydene; Mnisi, Thoko; Mitchell, Claudia; Park, Eun G.
E-Learning and Digital Media, v7 n2 p160?171 2010
The partnerships, especially university-community partnerships, that sustain globally networked learning environments often face challenges in mobilizing research to empower local communities to effect change. This article examines these challenges by describing a university-community partnership involving researchers and graduate students in Canada and South Africa, working with a rural community in KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa in order to "develop" a participatory digital archive of more than 3000 photographs and videos collected from various visual methodology research projects related to HIV and AIDS education. The main purpose of the digital archive was to place "community members as active participants at the centre of data analysis, as opposed to recipients of findings", and to give voice to teachers, learners, health-care workers and parents in identifying the key issues and challenges affecting their lives in the context of HIV/AIDS and their impact on their communities. The article outlines the technical and conceptual issues in developing the partnership as well as the digital archive, such as developing a scanning protocol, producing a metadata schema, choosing the digital archive software and, most importantly, involving community members, in particular teachers, in the processes of coding the visual data and using the archive for HIV and AIDS education and community change. (Contains 4 figures and 6 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada; South Africa