Sierra Leone Telegraph: Social media use and abuse in Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone Telegraph: Social media use and abuse in Sierra Leone. “Over sixty percent of Sierra Leoneans with internet access use Facebook. For those using smartphones, checking Facebook and other social media handles is like a daily devotion. They check more than two or three times a day. Each time you have an event unfolding in Freetown or one of the districts, you will be struck by how densely the event is documented as it unfolds via social media handles. Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, and twitter will experience the buzz with clashing opinions, updates and pictorial evidence, clips – or could even go live on Facebook to broadcast to the world from the scene as events unravels.”

PRI: Archivists race to digitize slavery records before the history is lost

PRI: Archivists race to digitize slavery records before the history is lost. “When [Abu] Koroma started at the archives in 2004, Sierra Leone was emerging from civil war. He was fresh out of high school and his parents had died, so he needed the small salary badly. And the archives fascinated Koroma. They date back to the first treaty regional leaders made with British colonists in 1788. After Britain outlawed participation in the slave trade in 1807, British administrators in colonial Sierra Leone filled books with descriptions of each liberated African.”

eHealthNews: Sierra Leone Launches Ebola Database

eHealthNews: Sierra Leone Launches Ebola Database . “The SLED is based on information recorded during the Ebola epidemic by thousands of Sierra Leonean surveillance officers, burial team members, laboratory technicians and data managers. The data in the SLED is from more than 500,000 alerts, burial and other patient records, creating the most complete collection of data from the 2014 – 2016 Ebola epidemic.” Based on this article and the other ones I was able to find, I don’t think this will be fully open. I think it will be available for researchers via the CDC.