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Librarians and the Public Domain

Introduction Librarians play an important role in information management and dissemination in Nigeria. Access to materials in the public domain is an important aspect of their work. The term “public domain” refers to works that are not copyrighted and are thus freely available for use. Librarians in Nigeria are required to ensure that their users …

Open GLAM Advocacy in Plateau State

Free Knowledge Africa, a non-profit organization dedicated to bridging content gaps on travel, places, settlements, landmarks, heritage, and tourist sites towards sharing and contributing to global knowledge, carried out an advocacy campaign for Open GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums) across different Cultural Heritage Institutions within Plateau State. Four members of the team travelled down …

A discussion with Mr Dantala, leader of the Ndengdeng music group

The Ndengdeng Cultural Music Group

The Free Knowledge Africa team met with the leader of the Ndengdeng cultural music group in the person of Mr Dantala, as part of the open GLAM advocacy campaign in Plateau State. Ndengdeng Music is more of a philosophy. This was the opening statement made by Mr Dantala as we discussed the uniqueness of the …

Free Knowledge Africa team members with a native at Pilgani

The Tarok Tribe of Plateau State

Free Knowledge Africa paid a visit to Plateau State in North Central Nigeria as part of its awareness advocacy campaign on the importance of documenting cultural heritage. The team visited the Tarok tribe to document the oral history of the tribe. The Tarok tribe in Plateau State are predominantly located in Gunnung Village, Pilgani, in …

The Public Domain Day 2022 Celebrations in Nigeria

The public domain consists of all the creative work to which no exclusive intellectual property rights apply. Those rights may have expired, been forfeited, expressly waived, or may be inapplicable. Public Domain Day is an observance of when copyrights expire and works enter into the public domain. This legal transition of copyright works into the public domain usually happens every year on 1st January based …

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