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Show simple item record Stewart, Graham Douglas James McNulty, Niall 2012-08-17T12:59:27Z 2012-08-17T12:59:27Z 2010
dc.identifier.citation Stewart, Graham. and Niall McNulty. 2010. Tribe of colours - reclaiming identity via the Web, in T. Starkey and J. Jordaan (eds) Proceedings of the 'Art and Social Justice' International Conference. Durban University of Technology, 21-24 March 2010, 253-265 en_US
dc.identifier.isbn 978-0-620-49413-7
dc.description.abstract Now in the second year of its development, the Encyclopaedia of South African Arts, Culture and Heritage (ESAACH) is both traditional encyclopaedia and hypertext web. Published volumes will emerge from the collaborative writing space provided within the wiki database. “You and I a tribe of colours” - by tapping into the collaborative spirit of social networking, ESAACH is emerging as a communal knowledge base that is far more than the sum of its parts. ESAACH is intended as a work of reclamation scholarship to address the dearth of reference material in South African arts, culture and heritage studies, and flights a number of concepts of importance in knowledge production for social transformation - notions that represent a fundamental shift in perspective: “panoramic, inclusive, democratic, and non-canonical”. An encyclopaedia, by its very nature, can never be complete. An online encyclopaedia never needs to be complete. Users can continually add entries or edit existing ones while an open-source community, (e.g. Media wiki) is continually improving and developing the management framework. An active community that has bought into ownership of the encyclopaedia, and has an interest in maintaining and growing its content, ensures its sustainability. This paper reports on work in progress, outlining the founding principles of the encyclopaedia and presenting the current state of the development and usage of the Verbal Arts section of the wiki. Later phases of the project include the Performing Arts, Visual Arts and Heritage. en_US
dc.format.extent 13 en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Faculty of Arts and Design and Art for Humanity, Durban University of Technology en_US
dc.subject Online encyclopaedias en_US
dc.subject Commons-based peer production en_US
dc.subject South African literary history en_US
dc.subject Hypertext en_US
dc.subject Digital humanities en_US
dc.subject E-learning en_US
dc.title Tribe of colours - reclaiming identity via the Web en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.dut-rims.pubnum DUT-000544

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