Encyclopedia

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The Open Encyclopedia of African Innovation aims to provide free and easy access to objective, verifiable encyclopedia content on disruptive trends, technology and innovations that will affect the African continent and are being developed by Africans. The objective is to equip a global citizenry with the power to represent and access technology realities in their communities.

Since its conception, the Disrupting Africa portal and Encyclopedia has become a powerful tool that allows people access to information on African innovation and technological trends that affect our continent. Initially through literature and public speaking, it has become a rich, dynamic and effective education medium that provides free information to every African and friends of Africa across the globe. Use of the Encyclopedia will grow as access to new technology (including cell phones and computers - either online or offline) increases across the continent.

How

The Encyclopedia Project organizes experts from around the world in African innovation and related disciplines to create and maintain an up-to-date reference work on African innovation, as well as research trends that need to be addressed. The reason for cataloguing this reference work on African innovation is to provide tangible guidelines on how to continuously move the African continent forward - not only for this generation but for generations to come.

From its inception, the Encyclopedia Project was designed so that each entry is maintained and kept up-to-date by an expert or group of experts in the field. All entries and substantive updates are refereed by members of a distinguished editorial board before they are made public. Consequently, our reference work maintains high standards while evolving and adapting in response to new research and trends.

Further to this, the content will be made available on global Encyclopedia sites such as Wikipedia, Britannica, and University Libraries to ensure more reach.

Framework

The most important feature of this project is that the Encyclopedia is only the starting point of the process, which aims to provide a framework or hypothesis as to what needs to be done to create change. The Encyclopedia is also then open to any African or friends of Africa to contribute, critique and challenge the hypothesis.

The next phase is to implement or create a business model based on the hypothesis identified in the Encyclopedia, and track the effectiveness of this hypothesis.

Finally, the Encyclopedia is then updated with real-time and real-world feedback.

This concept of a ‘dynamic reference work’ is modelled after the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy - but extended to accommodate real world challenges and execution.

We will approach this as an academic pursuit but deliver real-world business results.

Technology

The use of global technologies as well as customized Disrupting Africa's technologies offers considerable access to Africans across the continent and has enabled us to develop the Encyclopedia with a small staff and budget. The importance of this project to our continent cannot be overstated. As new ideas in logic, technology, innovation, disruption, trends etc. become more imminent, the Encyclopedia project provides a rational and efficient system by which new information is assimilated, critiqued and implemented to ensure that we leave a responsive legacy of African innovation.

Contact

We invite Africans from all over the globe who would like to contribute to email us at editor@disruptingafrica.com.