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Metafro Information system contains a lot of valuable information on Central Africa  covering topics such as economics, politics, agriculture, geology and much more.

  • More than 1700 documents (articles, books, reports ...). From World Bank and IMF statistical reviews to United Nations press releases or reports from national and international institutions (world Bank, IMF, UNHCR, FAO ... ). Including all the articles of the Low External Input and Sustainable Agriculture magazines (Leisa magazines) from 1984 until 2003 !
  • Metadata information on Begian Institutions and research projects related to Central Africa. 
  • Contributions from our members such as CVs, Documents and Books.
  • The library catalogues of the Royal Museum for Central Africa :

    - Ethnosociology & Ethnohistory Library Catalogue : The library catalogue is very much a work in progress. When completed, this catalogue will include all the books belonging to the library of the section "Ethnosociology and Ethnohistory";, covering the history and theories of social anthropology as well as case studies over Africa South of the Sahara with an accent on African populations past and present and their dynamics of contact and social change.

    - Entomology Library Catalogue : The Entomology Library Catalogue currently holds 2650 bibliographic references of english, french or dutch publications. It covers mainly Sub-Saharan topics, but many publications of a more general scope are also available.

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    - Geology Library Catalogue : The Geology Library is part of the Geology department of the RMCA. The catalogue currently holds 5399 bibliographic references of publications and 70603 issues of various periodicals.

    - Colonial History Library Catalogue : The Colonial History Library is part of the History department of the Royal Museum for Central Africa. It currently holds 684 bibliographic references of english, french or dutch publications

    - Contemporary History Library Catalogue : The Contemporary History Library is part of the Contemporary History section of the History departmant at the Royal Museum for Central Africa. The catalogue currently holds 21622 bibliographic references of english, french or dutch publications

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    - Linguistics Library Catalogue : The Linguistics Library Catalogue currently holds about 2.800 books and articles dedicated to Sub-Saharan Africa in the fields of oral literature and linguistics. This online version of the catalogue is still a work in progress. The actual content of the library is much richer (more than 9000 references).

    - Invertebrates non-insects Library Catalogue : The Invertebrates Library Catalogue currently holds about 11.000 books, articles and reprints. Many are devoted to Africa.

    - Prehistory Library Catalogue : The Prehistory & Archaeology Library is part of the Prehistory section of the Anthropology department at the Royal Museum for Central Africa. The catalogue currently holds 2530 bibliographic references of english, french or dutch publications

  • Twelve on-line collections of the Royal Museum for Central Africa:

    - Comparative Bantu Pottery Vocabulary : The Comparative Bantu Pottery Vocabulary Database offers a comprehensive collection of pottery related vocabulary in the Bantu languages. The Comparative Bantu Pottery Vocabulary Database has been mainly composed during the PhD-research which Koen Bostoen carried out at the Service of Linguistics of the Royal Museum for Central Africa between 2000 and 2004. The research was made possible thanks to a grant of the Fonds d'Encouragement à la Recherche de l'Université Libre de Bruxelles.

    - Illustrated database of Neuroptera (insects) : The Neuroptera database holds information and pictures about 2057 species and 9264 specimens. Neuroptera or Lacewings are delicate looking, soft bodied insects with a wingspan ranging in size from 5 to 150 millimetres and a body up to 50 millimetres in length.

    - Bantu Lexical Reconstructions 3 : BLR 3 is a database with ca. 10,000 entries that have been proposed as Proto-Bantu reconstructions. BLR 3 is meant to be a working tool for Bantuists and other linguists. BLR 3 is not a finished product, it is continuously being updated by its present editors (Yvonne Bastin, Thilo C. Schadeberg).

    - Wood and Fish from the Congo Basin : The dense tropical rainforest of the Congo Basin covers 200 million hectares. It is second in size only to the Amazon forest. Additionally, by far most of the other biomes in Central Africa are characterized by woody plants, like there are different savannah types and agroforestry landscapes. These forests and woodlands are crucial for the survival of mankind through their role as carbon stocks, climate coolers and resources of renewable materials like precious timber. The Central African population relies even more directly on forest ecosystems and the including rivers and lakes systems as they source food, energy, and construction materials. The management of the Congo Basin ecosystems and fish populations direly needs scientific data. Relevant data can be extracted from scientific reference collections like there are the xylarium and the collection of fish specimens of the Royal Museum for Central Africa. Moreover, a lot of informal knowledge exists on forest biodiversity among the local communities. Also this knowledge is essential to underpin management plans aiming at sustainability of forests functions. Decoding of this indigenous knowledge and transferring it from local languages into formal information systems involves a linguistic approach. The project Interdisciplinary support of sustainable management of forests and fish populations in the Congo Basin (Sponsored by the Belgian Development Cooperation) brings together several research groups of the Royal Museum of Central Africa (ichthyology, linguistics, metafro and wood biology). The online database Wood and Fish from the Congo Basin gives a georeferenced overview of the available specimens of fish and wood and provides further information on the taxa.

    - An illustrated on-line Checklist of Afrotropical Gracillariidae : It holds information on 229 species belonging to 46 genera and 3 subfamilies and is illustrated with images of representatives of 132 species. The faunistic data from the labels under the photographed specimens will be added in due course, since recently many new localities became known. The sign after a species name indicates the presence of that species in the collection of the Royal Museum for Central Africa, Tervuren. The information within the text of each species contains the reference to the original description, synonyms, type locality, type specimens and their deposition, distribution and hostplant of the larva. In the present checklist we arrange the species into three subfamilies Gracillariinae, Lithocolletiinae and Phyllocnistinae. The sequence of genera and species within the genera are arranged alphabetically to enable the user to easily retrieve the necessary information.

    - Prelude Medicinal Plants Database : PRELUDE is a database relating to the use of traditional veterinary and human medicinal plants in Sub-Saharan Africa. The database provides access to condensed information from a variety of sources regarding the use of traditional medicinal plants in different regions of Africa. These sources include scientific articles, books, conference papers or information (on health, animal productions, environment, etc) provided directly to the Prelude Sub-Network. This database could be useful for researchers, doctors, veterinary surgeons as well as farming instructors.

    - Inventory of the Stanley Archives : The Royal Museum for Central Africa (RMCA) has always been very interested in archive material (letters, maps, reports) related to exploratory expeditions in Central Africa in general and to the journeys and commissions of Henry Morton Stanley (1841-1904) in particular. When on 10 May 1954 the museum commemorated the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Stanley with a solemn ceremony and an exhibition, it already owned 34 of the 77 items presented. At that time these were principally donations from institutions and private individuals. On the occasion of this celebration, then director Frans Olbrechts contacted Denzil M. Stanley, the stepson of the explorer. A deep friendship developed between them that resulted one month later in a large donation of approximately 300 pieces of memorabilia including some extremely valuable items ...

    - Tervuren Xylarium Wood Database : Lignified plant tissues are omnipresent in the terrestrial living nature. Also a big part of the material culture consists of wooden objects. Because of the multifunctional character of wood, the Tervuren Xylarium (abbreviation: Tw) is established to serve the different disciplines interested in wood research: technology, ecology, palaeontology, art history, archaeology, etc. The Tervuren Xylarium is the only governmental wood collection in Belgium. Though being hosted at the Africa museum, the database has a worldwide concern. Two databases constitute the information accompanying the collection: the Tervuren Xylarium Taxa and the Tervuren Xylarium Specimens.

    - Mineral Samples database : The Collection of Mineralogy gathers more than 12500 mineral samples covering 1000 mineral species, mostly from Africa.

    - African Geographic Pictures collection : This collection contains nearly 1900 geographical pictures related to a dozen themes and spanning over 17 African countries. It is aimed at scholars, teachers, researchers in the field of 13 geography-related disciplines (archaeology, prehistory, history, geology, geomorphology, human and social sciences, meteorology, zoology, pedology, agriculture, arts and architecture, economy, welfare and health, hydrogeology, stock raising).

    - Lepidoptera Types of the Royal Museum for Central Africa : The Lepidoptera Types database holds information and pictures about more than 2000 butterflies and moths.

    - The Tydeoidea database (African species) : The superfamily Tydeoidea (Acari) is composed of the four major families, Edbakerellidae, Iolinidae, Tydeidae, and Ereynetidae. This database on Tydeoidea is restricted to African species (nearly 130 species). For each of them, the habitat and the countries where it was collected are listed. Dubious species are commented upon and basic references are listed. A database for European species is available at http://www.faunaeur.org/. Only browsing mode is available in this first version. Searching procedures will be added in subsequent versions.

Metafro is an activity of the RMCA supported by the Belgian Development Cooperation.

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