by Deborah Wanjugu
According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), culture is described as the set of distinctive spiritual, material, intellectual and emotional features of society or a social group, and it encompasses in addition to art and literature, lifestyles, ways of living together, value systems, traditions and beliefs. Article 11 of the Constitution of Kenya, 2010 recognises culture as the foundation of the nation. As such culture deserves to have a palpable presence on our national priorities and should be protected and safeguarded at all costs. Culture is also bigger than traditional beliefs and ways of life; it encompasses contemporary and modern lifestyles as well.
This blog post looks at the problem of documentation of culture and attempts to suggest how technology can address this problem from three distinct levels: national and county governments; creative and cultural institutions; individual artists. As has been aforementioned, culture must be protected and safeguarded at all costs. The first (and maybe obvious) step to protection and safeguarding is documentation.