On April 11th 2017 Ghana launched its first ever GLAM project. The project which is dubbed GLAM Ghana, will focus on digitizing the holdings of the Public Records and Archives Administration department (PRAAD) and release these content with open licenses to allow use on Wikipedia and other sister projects. The idea of this project was first borne out of a publication by the archival institution calling for help to save the further deterioration of their holdings. This urgent call graced us the opportunity to help and also share with the world what they had.
The launch saw some 80+ people attend including the director of PRAAD and few other heads from the public sector. You may read further in a publication by the Daily Graphic of Ghana
Partnership with Public Records Archive Administration Department (PRAAD)
PRAAD is the sole archival institution that holds records of our history and other relevant governmental documents. This partnership was secured through Open Foundation West Africa (OFWA) and coordinated by Felix Nartey and Raphael Berchie. The project is fully funded by the Wikimedia Foundation and is a pilot phase which will last for 6 months. It will employ a WIR and a Coordinator to ensure a better coordination between staff of the institution and the work of the WIR. One of the highlights of this partnership is building the capacity of the institution to take on a process like this in our absence and to assist them to create an online a digital repository to enable them solve their current problem and to establish their presence.