Mindex involved at the University of Nkhoma, Malawi.
The University of Nkhoma in Malawi was about to start with its archive and decided to follow the latest trends in data management, by implementing a comprehensive and versatile database program.
Therefore the Vice Chancellor of this newly established University, Prof Hoffie Hofmeyr, approached Mrs Bella Odendaal of the South African Mindex office for assistance.
The obvious choice for the University was the Inmagic DB/Text programme, and negotiations to obtain a copy of the latest version, started. The negotiations was successfully concluded when the links were sent to and downloaded by the person who was tasked to get the Nkhoma University Archive off the ground.
In addition to establishing the Archive, the University recently took over and will in future manage the building and contents of the Museum which reflects the history of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP). The Museum now forms part of the historical heritage of the University and displays the artifacts and documentation which date back to 1889. All these items have been entered on the DB/Text database which enables officials of the University to retrieve and make available to researchers the information (which includes a photograph of each item) with the press of a button.
Information on the graves in the historic cemetery where the early missionaries and Malawian ministers and some of their family members were buried, have also been put on the data base.
The University also stated an Oral History Centre, Information Ethics Centre and an Environment Centre. All relevant data from these Centres form part of the information on the DB/Text database.
The management of the University expressed its appreciation for the wonderful programme that has the capacity to serve the University for many years as it has the capacity to be expanded as the University grows, and more and more data and information have to be managed.
The Director of the Nkhoma Archive and Museum, Mr I Gondwe, received training on the use of the database programme. Arrangements have been made to assist him after his initial training. He will be supported to deal with questions he may in have in future.
Prof Hofmeyr, the Registrar, Dr Yobbe Lungu, the Deans of the different faculties and the Director of the Archive and Museum, expressed their appreciation towards Mindex for its involvement in this young University.