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Virginia Tech creates digital repository for Kenya law archive

December 16, 2014

Attendees at the Law Via the Internet Conference held in Cape Town, South Africa. Virginia Tech faculty members Gary Worley and Brett Shadle, third row back, fourth and fifth from left, attended the conference.

Attendees at the Law Via the Internet Conference
Attendees at the Law Via the Internet Conference held in Cape Town, South Africa. Virginia Tech faculty members Gary Worley and Brett Shadle, third row back, fourth and fifth from left, attended the conference.

Brett Shadle, associate professor of history at Virginia Tech, has partnered with Kenya Law and the Virginia Tech Discovery Commons to offer a freely accessible digital archive of the Kenya Gazette. The Gazette is the official record of all laws, ordinances, and appointments made by the colonial and independent government of Kenya. The historic database currently covers the years 1977-1989, and will eventually include all Gazettes published since the 1890s. Topics covered include the abolishment of slavery, the alienation of African lands for white settlers, and the prohibition of the anti-colonial Mau Mau movement.

Discovery Commons within Technology-enhanced Learning and Online Strategies allows researchers to develop high-quality curated digital repositories dedicated to their field of exploration.