Policy and legal framework for digital archives curation

a proposal for Botswana National Archives and Records Services

  • Nna Motlhasedi IDM
  • Olefhile Mosweu University of Johannesburg
Keywords: Botswana, access, data curation, digital archives, records


The purpose of this study was to explore the legislative and policy frameworks in support of digital archives curation, and the challenges inherent in digital archives curation in the context of Botswana public sector. The study used qualitative content analysis to resolve the research problem. The data collected was analysed thematically. The International Council on Archives (ICA) Principles on Access to Archives were used as a conceptual framework to guide the study. Digital curation is a function modern archivists cannot ignore nor shy away from. The study findings revealed that the legislative and policy framework for digital archives curation exists, but it is weak. In addition, the study revealed that there are constraints hindering access to archives including, among others, inadequate funding, inappropriate infrastructure, shortage of skilled personnel and time restrictions to enable wider access. Therefore, the researchers hope that insights from this study can shed light on the current state of affairs on digital archives curation and provide future directions for guiding digital archives curation at Botswana National Archives and Records Services.


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eISSN: 0376-4753