Modern computer technology is barely 50 years old, and few of us
have seen or used digital objects that are more than 30 years
old. Add to this that we can't predict the future of computer
technology, it puts us in a very vulnerable position when
deciding on which approach to follow when preserving our digital
assets (incl. research). More
and more African as well as South African
institutions/organizations are starting to implement digital
preservation strategies and repositories in order to collect,
disseminate, manage, preserve, and index their digitally born
and non-digitally born assets, following a world-wide paradigm.
In addition to preserving intellectual output, an open access
digital repository can also help improve the visibility, usage
and impact of research conducted at your institution on the
world out there.
The aim of this workshop will be to equip colleagues from all
sectors with the necessary skills to implement a digital
repository - from compiling and implementing an e-strategy,
conducting a needs analysis, compiling a business plan,
proposal, installing the necessary software (we will be using
source software), digitization and copyright issues, up to
giving exposure to the repository and the role of librarians and
The workshop will last 3 days, and will be presented by experts from
the University of Pretoria. Colleagues from other institutions will also make contributions during this workshop.
Feedback from an IR Workshop
presented to the NRF (National Research Foundation) on 17 & 18 June
presenters and support with IT issues were excellent. This
workshop/training would be beneficial for every institution in SA
that plan to start implementing an institutional repository.”
dankie vir die uitstekende kursus wat julle spesiaal vir ons
aangebied het. Dit gaan ontsettend baie vir ons beteken met die
implementering van die ETD pakhuise by 3 instansies.
Ek het gister deur die
handleiding gewerk en alles was so duidelik en maklik verstaanbaar!!"
translation: "Thank you very much for an excellent workshop
which was specially presented to us. It will be of tremendous help
for us during the implementation of ETD repositories at 3
institutions. I have worked through the manual and all is so clear
and easily understandable!"
Feedback from an IR Workshop presented
to CHELSA members from 28 - 30 July 2008:
"Keep up with the good work!"
"Thank you, for an informative workshop!"
"Dankie vir n baie insiggewende
werkswinkel en die bykomende inligting. Ek besef weereens hoe ver
ons by die res van die wÍreld
"Thank you for a very
informative workshop and the additional info provided. I once again
realize how far beyond we are when compared with the rest of the
"Very valuable workshop, and very well presented."
"Really a good introduction for people who are contemplating
or just starting out on the IR road."
"Thank you for a wonderful workshop. It addressed practical
issues and will really assist us with setting up our IR. The type of
information, e.g. programs used and related policies are really
useful and time saving.
I also liked the way the presenters used the PPTs, just
highlighting key issues and not reading everything on the screen.
I was really made to feel welcome and feel that I would
definitely like to collaborate more closely with all at the
workshop. Please send me the address for the listserv.
Thanks again and good luck for future courses."
"We really commend you for such good work, and now we are
busy putting up, listing all the heritage we have while spreading IR
by word of mouth and through intranet to the management.Surely you
will be updated of all our strategies involved in trying to buy in
the university community involvement.Thank you."
"Baie dankie vir hierdie wonderlike geleentheid, julle almal se
passie en entoesiasme was aansteeklik! Ons eie DSpace is \'Up and
Running\' - selfs 'n hele klompie dokumente al ingelees as
voorlegging aan bestuur." English translation:
"Thank you very much for this wonderful opportunity - thank you for
your enthusiasm and passion. Our own DSpace is now up and running,
and we've even submitted a couple of documents to demonstrate to
Feedback from an IR Workshop presented
to the international community from 1 - 3 October 2008 (50
"First all of
all I would like to thank you very much for the excellent workshop
and the hospitality. I would also like to express my appreciation
regarding the attendance and outcome of the meeting. I really hope
we will be able to cooperate one way or the other in the future." -
Aksel Mjeldheim Head of IT-section Chr. Michelsen Institute Bergen
“A very good
workshop with a nice balance between the different subjects. Not too
technical and not too theoretical. Great toolkit.”
that a lot of commitment went into the organisation of the workshop.
The workshop was excellently planned, hosted and presented. I
congratulate the organising team and all resource persons for the
job well done. I look forward to future collaboration in our efforts
to develop IRs.”
wonderful to have people who are so motivated like you all are. It
was a wonderful experience to also interact with people from various
organisations moreover, the guys from Africa. Much appreciated.”
was an eye opener for me and I appreciate getting a chance to
attend. The presenters knew their areas well and did a wonderful
job. I hope to share the presentations with my colleagues and also
to spearhead the IR at my university. Well done and thanks." -
“First, I wish
to thank you and the team for a well organized training. You may
never know the value of that training to my institution and our
library consortium. INASP is ready to fund a workshop so that I can
pass on the skills to my colleagues. I have installed DSpace and its
working well." - Kondwani Wella, Assistant Librarian, University of
Malawi, Kamuzu College of Nursing
planned, well presented! Eloquent facilitators. The workshop was a
great eye-opener on IR as a whole. It was great having to deal with
such a big group and many of us as delegates it was first time
experience to be exposed to with DSpace and IR in general. Thank
you, you informed and handled us so well!!!"
informative, interesting and learned a tremendous lot! Excellent
workshop; more library staff are involved e.g. information
librarians & cataloguers, not only for LIS IT staff.”
“Baie dankie” vir ‘n uitstekende werkswinkel. Julle reŽlings was
fantasties, die lokaal uitstekend, die kos hemels en die aanbiedings
puik! Welgedaan!" - Elna Burger (NMMU)
“I would like
to thank you for that kind treatment you accorded me. You were very
great in the workshop. I admired your patience and kindness. I have
already started to draft a plan of improving our young repository
based on what I learned in the Workshop. I will be informing of my
progress in due course. Hope I get another opportunity to visit that
beautiful country again. Regards" - Andrew (University of Uganda
met more than my expectation. I have found the organisation, content
and trainers prepared and knowledgeable of their subject matter. I
have to compliment Digital Research Repository (UPSpace) with the
workshop. The BEST!!!!" - Silistene Venter PricewaterhouseCoopers
"Thank you for
the update on the IR workshop. It seems to have been a most
interesting and useful seminar, and I'm pleased to hear that the
participants were able to install a working instance of DSpace. The
seminar content appears to have covered absolutely what was needed
-- not just the details of software installation / functionality
etc., but also the vital prerequisites such as needs analysis,
business planning, policies and procedures. I look forward to
receiving the feedback from the participant event forms in due
course. Should I need to organise future workshops on DSpace/institutional
repositories, I hope you might consider offering your services to
INASP. Best wishes" - Peter Burnett (INASP)
"I am writing to thank you for the hard work and effort you made on
behalf of INASP. I have received extremely good feedback so far from
the INASP-sponsored participants, so I think everything went really
well. Very best wishes and thanks again." - Peter Burnett (INASP)
“You have set
high standards workshops for librarians. That was commendable
especially in this era of digital information.”
“I felt that
the IR workshop was well structured and well resourced - the IR
toolbox is a very valuable, comprehensive and informative guide.
MANY THANKS to the IR Team.”