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The latest issue of the Archival Platform Newsletter has been published. It contains news from around South Africa and wider afield on issues relating to Archives, Records, Museums and Heritage.
Harriet Deacon will remain acting Director until the new Director is in place, and she will continue to support the Platform’s work. Good luck with your move to the UK , Harriet
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Call for papers for the Regional International Musicology Society (IMS) Conference to be held in conjunction with the South African Society for Research in Music (SASRIM) at the University of Stellenbosch, Department of Music, Stellenbosch, South Africa 14-17 July 2010. The theme of the conference is Echoes of Empires: Music Empires after Hegemony. The deadline for submission of proposals is 15 January 2010. More details available here.
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
Release notes are available at:
Problems or bugs should be reported to the mailing list at
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 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
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