Archive for November, 2009

 

The Greenstone development team has announced the Windows, GNU/Linux, Mac OS/X and Source distributions of Greenstone v2.83 are now available for download from the sourceforge page at

http://sourceforge.net/projects/greenstone or from

http://www.greenstone.org/download

 

Release notes are available at:

http://wiki.greenstone.org/wiki/index.php/2.83_Release_Notes

 

Problems or bugs should be reported to the mailing list at

 

greenstone-users@list.scms.waikato.ac.nz

https://list.scms.waikato.ac.nz/mailman/listinfo/greenstone-users

 

The latest issue of Code4Lib is now available. The contents are as follows:

  • Openness [Editorial Introduction] by Andrew Darby
  • Infomaki: An Open Source, Lightweight Usability Testing Tool by Michael Lascarides
  • library/mobile: Tips on Designing and Developing Mobile Web Sites by Kim Griggs, Laurie M. Bridge and, Hannah Gascho Rempel
  • Automated Metadata Formatting for Cornell’s Print-on-Demand Books By Dianne Dietrich
  • Ead McTaggart: Using VBA to Automate EAD Container List Tagging by Randall Miles
  • Automatic Preparation of ETD Material from the Internet Archive for the DSpace Repository Platform by Tim Ribaric
  • The issue is accessible from the DISA website or here

 

An interesting blog posted 2 days ago on the DurSpace Blog, concerning cloud computing perils and opportunities, with particular relevance to the higher education sector.

Read the whole blog here

Inside Quatro: Uncovering the Exile History of the ANC and SWAPO

Author: Paul Trewhela
Publisher: Jacana Media
Available from:  http://www.kalahari.net/ 
This title uncovers some of the exile history of the ANC and SWAPO that both organisations would prefer not to remember. Here is a first-hand account of the ANC’s Quatro prison camp and of the mutiny in Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) in Angola in 1984; articles on the SWAPO ’spy drama’ of the 1970s and 1980s; an analysis of a death in exile with implications relating to Jacob Zuma; and a study of the responses of both the ANC and SWAPO to these episodes of intolerance, repression and excess. In all his essays, Trewelha analyses problems of the liberation struggles with a former insider’s knowledge and a journalist’s ability to ferret out the facts.

The Platform was officially launched at the Cape Town Castle on 12 November. We had excellent attendance, the Bow Heritage Agents created beautiful music and Sello Hatang spoke eloquently of the crisis in the sector. We received strong messages of support from across South Africa and as far afield as India, Papua New Guinea and Panama. People commented that the Archival Platform has, indeed, brought back to the sector some of the democratic excitement of the 1990s.

This month, as we start to celebrate the 16 days of activism against gender violence, Heike Becker continues the discussion about cultural practices and human rights.

Now that we are six shopping weeks away from the January sales, the excitement about 2010 and what it means for the heritage sector is mounting – or is it? What are we actually doing about heritage tourism opportunities in 2010, asks Elizabeth Ouma in her blog.

In 2010 we will not only have a world cup, but – hopefully – a national digitisation policy. What are we doing about this? The process takes place against a backdrop of some concern about camera use in South African archives and digital copyright. We speak to those issues in our blog, “Feeling the pulse of the sector”.

In celebration of 2010, we will be offering students and young professionals prizes of R1 000 for the best blog or meeting report for the Platform, and book prizes for the best book review posted on the Platform. Submissions received up to 15 February 2010 will be posted on the website and the winners will be announced at the end of February.

Dr Harriet Deacon
Director, Archival Platform
Email: director@archivalplatform.org

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