iMEM (the Information Management and
Electronic Multimedia research centre) is an initiative of the Department of
Library and Information Studies at the ML Sultan Technikon, Durban, South
Africa. The purpose of iMEM is to provide an infrastructure for research and
development in ICT
(Information and Communication Technology) capacity in South Africa. Several individual projects are already
under way (see Projects).
of primary objectives
investigate international research and development in the area of on-line encyclopaedias and reference
sources, bibliographic databases, electronic text centres, virtual
libraries and hypertext webs.
develop prototype resources, including digitisation of textual and
graphic materials, information design and multimedia resource development.
identify and pilot individual resource development, including community-based information kiosks,
digital imaging (photographs and paintings of historical importance),
salvaging and retro-digitising of previously marginalised books,
journals and manuscripts, hypertext webs of culture-specific and
author/artist specific materials, and learning materials (school and
develop information literacy training programmes, for example in local libraries or telecentres.
design and develop virtual classroom applications.
build capacity in the following underpinning skills: information
retrieval, digitisation and scanning, information management and design,
multimedia, web authoring, database design and web-access software,
bibliographic control, archival encoding (EAD, XML/SGML, TEI), web
publishing and e-journal design.