DISA hosted another two-week internship training programme that was attended by two interns from Botswana. The interns were Oarabile Rakgamanyane, an archivist from the Archives Unit at the University of Botswana who is also responsible for the Institutional Repository and Zanele Hadebe, senior librarian at the Harry Oppenheimer Okavango Research Centre (HOORC) based in Maun. Their motivation for attending this training was inspired by the need to set up digital libraries within their respective units. Zanele had some experience of digitisation by being involved in digitising maps and slides at the HOORC Centre.
Last week I attended a pre-proposal workshop, hosted by Digital Innovations South Africa (DISA) and the South Africa Netherlands research Programme on Alternatives in Development (SANPAD). The purpose of the workshop was to develop a proposal for a three-year long project looking at digital archives and heritage in South Africa. Participants came from the Vrije Universiteit (VU) in Amsterdam, the University of Cape Town (UCT) and the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN). The first day consisted of presentations with the second day dedicated to formulating a research question.