Archive and reuse of conference presentations: How collaboration in Africa can produce innovation in libraries
1446 days ago
Here are the slides from the presentation I gave in Addis Ababa at the 1st International Conference on African Digital Libraries and Archives (ICADLA-1. Please note that these slides are being served off the presentation server to whcih they refer at
I am pleased dto say that it was well received, and some doors to further collaboration were opened. I enjoyed the conference, first time I have been to a conferece with mostly library people. It was an interesting change! The podcast will be available shortly. Also, quite a bit of the talk was done using a version of the software running on localhost, so it is not included in the slides. I may do some screen captures later and add them.
Podcast:Archive and reuse of conference presentations
1444 days ago
Here is the audio from the presentation I gave in Addis Ababa at the 1st International Conference on African Digital Libraries and Archives (ICADLA-1).
Conference presentations are a form or academic output that are seldom captured in useful ways by institutions, even those which have institutional repositories. There are commercial, online services, such as SlideShare and Scribd, that provide for the ability to store and reuse presentations, but they are not institutional, and there is no guarantee that what their services will be sustained. This creates an opportunity for a rich application that can provide some of the functionality of these services, but that integrates with institutional repositories for long term archiving.
The African Virtual Open Initiatives and Resources project (AVOIR) was created in 2004 to build capacity in Software Engineering in African higher education through Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). Within AVOIR, a project was started in 2007 to create an online presentation sharing system that would enable presentations to be uploaded, inter-converted between formats, made available under a variety of licenses as well as reused in various online formats. David Wafula, then at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology in Nairobi, started adding realtime presentation and classroom capability to the system. In 2009, Wits joined AVOIR and the Wits Library implemented this system as a presentation repository (http://presentations.wits.ac.za). It is in the process of being connected to the DSPACE institutional repository so that there are long-term archives. The software is FOSS and is available for download as part of the Chisimba framework from http://avoir.uwc.ac.za.
This initiative demonstrates the value of collaboration in Africa, and what we can accomplish when we work together to achieve innovation. The talk is an appeal for more collaboration among African libraries in the area of the processes and technologies that support our operations and allow us to innovate.
Building critical mass in ICT research and innovation: Finding the synergies, Building collaborations
1345 days ago
Below is my presentation from SAICSIT2009.
The recorded clip is below. They are not linked, so you will have to work them independently.
Institutional knowledge and information ecology in a Free Software ecosystem: The early days of KIM
1336 days ago
Institutional knowledge and information ecology in a Free Software ecosystem: The early days of KIM was presented at the International conference on knowledge economy 2009. It documents some of the things we are thinking and doing at Wits only 9 months into the establishment of the Knowledge and Information Management Portfolio.
The two map slides are from worldmapper.org. I believe used under fair use, but will gladly remove them if this is not the case.
Note that there is a play button, which also includes the audio.