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The FHYA and Further Afridig Collaborative Activity

17 Dec 2019 - 09:30
Hut floor drawing from Mike Cronin, "Mgungundlovu" (Honours dissertation, The University of Cape Town, 1975). 


In late October, 2019, the Five Hundred Year Archive project hosted a two-day research visit by their Afridig (African Digital Humanities) partner, Dr. Justine Wintjes, from the KwaZulu-Natal Museum. The visit was part of a larger collaboration designed to explore the possibility of constituting a supra-institutional information- and technology-sharing consortium. (For more on this see http://www.apc.uct.ac.za/news/first-steps)

Wintjes spent the two days familiarising herself with the Five Hundred Year Archive’s Atom-based digital archive, and engaging with the FHYA’s critique of the Atom open source archival software. In the process she used the FHYA to assemble a portfolio of preparatory material for a joint Afridig fieldtrip to the site of King Dingane’s residence, uMgungundlovu, in KZN. See attached photo.