The Digital Memory Toolkit is an introductory training manual offering information and guidance on setting up digital memory projects. These projects use digital technologies, such as the mobile phone, to record, collect, and share knowledge and histories, usually on the internet. This can include online community-run museums, community archives, and cultural centres. As stated in the toolkit, "the democratising potential of these digital technologies is great, in that they offer opportunities for traditionally marginalised groups to record and share their local knowledge and histories on the Internet, from their perspectives."
The toolkit was produced to assist African organisations, libraries, archives, museums, and schools to initiate and run their own digital memory projects, using free, open-source technology and community volunteers. It includes sections on project planning and management, which software to use, training, oral history methodology, and digital resource management. Overall, the Digital Memory Toolkit is designed to "address a lack of digital literacy in community memory projects by giving project teams the insight and tools necessary to develop these types of projects. Projects of this nature commonly focus on preserving and sharing local knowledge and empowering community members through skills training and engagement."
The toolkit is divided into 3 parts:
- Part 1: Project Management
- Part 2: Digital Media Training And E-Skills Development
- Part 3: Case Studies And First Hand Accounts
It was published by McNulty Consulting, with support from the Goethe Institute South Africa.