2011 – A YEAR IN REVIEW

Summer is here!

Summer is here!

We’ve had another interesting year where we’ve cemented our work on digital heritage as well as explored the areas of e-citizenship and the possibility that digital media holds for the environmental movement.  In no particular order, here are a few things we have done that we’re proud of …

Projects
  • We’ve worked on the Goethe Institut/Ulwazi Programme’s School’s Project.  Read more …
  • Together with the Communication Factory, we re-designed the Ulwazi website.  Check it out here …
  • Working with KZN Literary Tourism, we launched the South Coast Writers trail.  Read more …
  • OneWorld commissioned a survey and report from us, on how best to implement a climate change knowledge-sharing platform.  Read more …
  • With designer Dominic Strauss, we designed a poster for the M-Lib Conference in Brisbane.  Check it out here …
  • We developed and launched an experimental heritage mapping project Map Inanda.  Read more …
  • We digitised and made available online a number of literary documentary videos. Watch them here …
  • We redeveloped our own site, making it a lot easier to navigate and we think, really attractive!
  • We developed a new blogsite for trend forecaster Christopher Reid.  Go check it out …
  • We initiated a social media strategy for Urban Earth.
  • Niall continued with existing projects – managing the Ulwazi Programme; digitisation and media management for the Centre for Critical Research on Race and Identity; research and content and social media management for KZN Literary Tourism; editing and blogging on Sprig.
  • Grant started working with the Tombouctou Manuscripts project – providing social media and web management – and with Sustaining the Wild Coast – establishing their social media strategy.
Conferences and Events
  • Niall attended the Highway Africa Conference where he was a New Media Awards nominee, coming runner-up in the NGO category.
  • Niall presented a paper at the Indigenous Knowledge Technology Conference in Windhoek, Nambia.  The paper will be published in a special issue of the Knowledge Management for Development journal.
  • Niall presented a session at the Durban University of Technology’s e-Learning Festival.
  • Niall facilitated a workshop on the eThekwini Municipality’s digital offerings at a Library Week event.
  • Niall participated in the UNESCO/ccrri workshop on the development of a communication advocacy strategy for the city of Durban.
  • Niall participated in the Classification and its Consequences Symposium at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
  • Grant attended the ASnA Conference.  Read more …
  • Grant attended a series of workshops run by the Archive and Public Culture Research Initiative.  Read more …
  • Grant attended the Department of Arts and Culture’s Digitisation of Heritage Resources.  Read our thoughts here and here and see Grant’s post on the Archival Platform.
Training
  • Niall co-taught the News Media and the Internet Society course for the Internet Studies department at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
  • Niall co-taught the Literary Tourismin KwaZulu-Natal Course for the English Studies department at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
  • We provided oral history, media development and ICT training to the Rural Women’s Movement.
Awards and Recognition

Enjoy the summer holidays and see you next year.  We have a number of interesting projects on the go and look forward to sharing them with you in 2012.

Cheers,

Niall and Grant

 

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