Archive for October, 2009

Welcome to the new DISA blog.

In setting up the DISA blog, we have several aims in mind.

Firstly, this blog aims to encourage dialogue and debate about digitisation, digital collections and repositories, digital services and all other issues related to building online collections, particularly in an African context.  Implementation issues, standards, best practices, guidelines and IT issues are likely to be of interest to a wide audience and the DISA blog will be a useful platform for sharing of experiences.

The DISA website has a rich collection of materials relating to the struggles for freedom in South Africa during the period from 1950 to 1994. The second aim of this blog is to highlight content in our collection, encourage feedback and hear from users how the content is being used and how we can improve our services. The DISA website also hosts several other projects such as the South African Music Archive Project (SAMAP) Durban In Motion and the Centre for Visual Methodologies. We hope the blog will stimulate discussions around the content of the hosted projects, particularly around indigenous music from South Africa.

Lastly, the blog aims to post announcements and news about events, workshops and conferences that are happening in our fields of interest.

Guest bloggers are encouraged to submit blogs for publication and if you would like to write a guest blog, please email Pat Liebetrau at liebetraup@ukzn.ac.za.