Rwanda genocide materials to be stored online

The University of Texas has received a US$1.2 million grant from the Bridgeway Foundation to develop a library system to preserve records of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.

The university will collect the materials, digitize them and preserve them online. The money will be used to add server space, create more powerful Web harvesting tools and collect physical items including videotapes, DVDs and audio recordings, said Fred Heath, vice provost for libraries at the university.

The project will work with the Kigali Memorial Centre, built on the site of a mass grave of an estimated 25,000 people who died during the 100 days of massacre. Heath visited the center three weeks ago and was convinced that the University of Texas had to broaden its plans.

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