The University of Bergen is set to lead a project to scan, digitize and preserve the audio-visual archives of Sudan Radio and Television Corporation.
This project will first of all focus on the visual archive of Sudan television, both its videos and film recordings. Radio programs are already being digitized in a systematic way.
The University Library and Department of Information Science and Media Studies (Infomedia) will both play crucial roles in creating this digital archive. The goal is to make the digitized material easily available not only for Sudan television, but also for researchers in Sudan (north and south) and in Norway.
Professor Anders Bjørkelo, an expert on the history of Sudan and coordinator of Centre for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, has played a key role in securing this important project.
In addition to Bjørkelo, the UiB team consists of Terje Thue at Infomedia; Erik Hauke Tønnesen and Kirstina Folmann at University of Bergen Library; and Morten Heiselberg at the University Library’s department of special collections. The University Library and UiB student Munna Jaffar Ibrahim are currently scanning and digitizing the Sudan collection of Mahmoud Salih.