DEVA develops an extensive information retrieval system and administers the central archive for African Studies at the University of Bayreuth.
A wide range of scientific data, documents and artefacts will be recorded and made available in structured databases. The continuous expansion and maintenance of local databases is the first step in the preservation of scientific raw data. And it is the precondition for data exchange and the feeding of data into meta databases and relevant portals. In cooperation with national and international partners, a comprehensive information system for African Studies will be composed.
The initial phase is funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation, DFG). DEVA becomes a permanent organization within the Institute of African Studies at the University of Bayreuth.