I'm the project manager at the South African Centre for Digital Language Resources (SADiLaR) hosted at the NWU. SADiLaR is a new research infrastructure that forms part of the South African Research Infrastructure Roadmap and focusses on two main programmes:


A digitisation programme which entails the systematic creation of academically relevant digital text, speech and multi-modal resources related to all official languages of South Africa, as well as the development of appropriate natural language processing software tools for research and development purposes.

A Digital Humanities programme which facilitates research capacity building by promoting and supporting the use of digital data and innovative methodological approaches within the Humanities and Social Sciences. Pertinent fields of research include, for instance, language and literary studies, heritage studies, history, music, sociology, journalism, philosophy, psychology, media studies, visual and graphic art etc.

Apart from playing my part to deliver on the mandate for SADiLaR my own research interests lie in what possibilities minimal computing may hold for the Humanities and Social Sciences research.

Building capacity energizes me as we all need to play our part to make the world a better place. As a Software and Data Carpentry instructor and community member, I can do exactly that.



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