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This national electronic database is a modern method of protecting our cultural heritage as old and new documentation on traditional knowledge in health are gathered and encoded into a digital format. Should traditional knowledge accessed in the TKDL be used for further scientific studies, the individual or agency will be linked to the knowledge-owner community to whom they should secure free and prior informed consent. Eventual product development shall call for discussions and agreements on appropriate access and equitable benefit-sharing.
The digital library provides available information gathered from previous work by other researchers and scholars. These include Ethnopharmacological documentation of from available ethnobotanical studies, traditional healing practices and rituals from old lexicographic and linguistic documentation as well as current immersion research studies being conducted in selected ethnolinguistic groups, library of traditional healers, plant compendium, and a library of traditional healing terminologies.
This digital library is an undertaking involving many institutions. A memorandum of understanding among the cooperating institutions was prepared with the set of duties of each institution, including technical and financial contributions.
To be able to cover the different ethnolinguistic groups across the country, partnerships with regional agencies was and will be formed. Individuals from the institutions were and will be trained to facilitate the documentation and protection of communities’ health knowledge and practices.