Archiving Kenya’s past and futures: stewardship and care of Nairobi research data

Extending the 2018 STS Across Borders analytic question investigating the scholarly infrastructure that has supported the growth of STS on the African continent, this exhibit looks at sites of scholarly memory practices (Bowker 2008) in Nairobi, Kenya to ask how qualitative research data are being cared for, by whom and for whom? This exhibit offers snapshots from the exhibit creator’s ongoing fieldwork research in Nairobi and includes images, texts, and interview data from and about the Nairobi National Archives, British Institute of Eastern Africa, university libraries and the National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation (NACOSTI), among others. The exhibit uses these materials to track shifts and changes to public research data capacity that have and continue to influence the conduct of social science in the city, country, and region.

Archiving Kenya’s past and futures: stewardship and care of Nairobi research data members