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ICT and digital records management in the Ugandan public service

David Luyombya (East African School of Library and Information Science, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda)

Records Management Journal

ISSN: 0956-5698

Article publication date: 12 July 2011




The purpose of this paper is to present empirical research findings regarding the contribution of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), such as computers, to creating and managing digital records in the Ugandan Public Service (UPS). It seeks to review the ICT developments in Uganda and to discuss the extent to which UPS agencies have adopted digital record‐keeping systems, how the management of digital records is incorporated with ICT strategies, and to identify challenges faced.


A review of the literature on ICT developments in Uganda and empirical studies dealing with management of digital records in the UPS is presented. The review of empirical research findings is based on 23 Government of Uganda (GoU) ministries. Applying both quantitative and qualitative approaches, a survey research design was adopted. Multiple methods of data analysis including coding, tabulation and use of descriptive statements were also used to ascertain the quality of the findings.


The study revealed that there are attempts to improve ICT capabilities and infrastructure in Uganda but a critical gap exists in the approach since the management of public sector records is not being addressed as part of this initiative. There is no evidence of establishing an ICT infrastructure that will provide the solution to digital records management (DRM) problems. Other weaknesses relate to gaps and poor linkages in the overall Records and Information Technology Department (RITD) itself, as it fails to address the requirement for DRM.

Research limitations/implications

This research looks only at the Uganda Public Service.

Practical implications

The paper provides useful information and data to records and archives management scholars, educators/consultants/researchers and students undertaking studies in management of records, including management of digital records within and outside Uganda.


This subject has never been tackled in this way before for Uganda, and the findings are timely for the ongoing e‐governance initiatives.



Luyombya, D. (2011), "ICT and digital records management in the Ugandan public service", Records Management Journal, Vol. 21 No. 2, pp. 135-144.



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