[Sagreenstone] Report on DITCHE Library Event in Port Elizabeth
svisagie at unam.na
Wed May 28 23:11:35 EEST 2008
As previously mentioned, I was to do a Greenstone presentation at the
DITCHE Library Event, which was held in Port Elizabeth from 19 - 21 May
2008. The presentation went well, and was well received. Thanks once
again to the folks from Malawi and Tanzania who sent me details of their
Greenstone projects, it was good to be able to add regional content.
Basically, I introduced the participants to Greenstone, explaining what
it was, how it was developed, and how easy it is to use and publish. I
gave them examples from all around the world, as well as the region. I
also explained the one-year project, the reasoning about it, and the
workshops held in Namibia, Malawi, Lesotho and Zimbabwe.
I took the latest versions of Greenstone (both Windows and Linux), plus
all the manuals and other documentation, with me on my memory stick.
Luckily I was presenting on the first day, and at the end of my
presentation offered anyone who was interested the opportunity to borrow
my memory stick and copy all the data onto their own laptops. This was
well received, as my memory stick must have circulated to at least a
third of the participants!
Importantly, there are some interesting Greenstone projects happening in
South Africa, other than at the University of KwaZulu Natal. Rhodes
Library did a nice presentation of how they developed a Greenstone
digital library with sound clips of African traditional music from all
over the continent - financially supported by DISA. It looks to be a
most valuable Library. I don't have the URL with me now, as the DITCHE
presentations must still be placed online, but I'm sure if you Google
the Library of Rhodes University, you should be able to find it.
I am encouraged by the positive response I got, and also by the
improving acceptance of Open Source Software in general, e.g. Moodle,
AJAX and others. It is worth noting the majority of the University
Libraries represented already use DSpace, or intend setting up an
Institutional Repository using DSpace in the near future.
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