Cyber archives preserve history and culture


Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Youth, Gender, Sports and Culture, Tebogo Matebesi says cyber archives are ideal in preserving history and culture. When he addressed media Tuesday evening in Gaborone, Matebesi said this year’s commemoration of the International Archives Day theme; #CyberArchiving addresses the on-going conversation about the impact of technological advancement on the archives and records sector.

Matebesi explained that by harnessing the power of data, and embracing emerging technologies, archives empower societies to make informed decisions, foster transparency and preserve cultural heritage. He added that in today’s rapidly evolving digital landscape, archives play a crucial role in promoting democracy, protecting citizen rights and enhancing quality of human rights.

“The sector is not only adapting to digitization but also tackling the challenges and opportunities presented by technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and blog chain. This inter-disciplinary approach calls for collaborations across various fields, inviting professions and organisations to join this visual conversation. MYSC through Botswana National Archives and Records Services (BNARS) has institutionalized the government of Botswana’s Reset Agenda priority number three, digitisation by implementing the national archives and records management system,” he said.

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