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Work of the national research foundation nrf relating to arts culture prepared for

Work of the National Research Foundation (NRF) Relating to Arts & Culture

Prepared for:

The Portfolio Committee on Arts and Culture

Dr Rocky Skeef

Tuesday 08 March 2005


Work of the national research foundation nrf relating to arts culture prepared for

Business of the NRF

To promote & support research through funding, human resource development and the provision of the necessary research facilities


Work of the national research foundation nrf relating to arts culture prepared for

Specific Initiatives Involving NRF which Relate to Arts & Culture

  • Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS)

  • Human Language Technologies (HLT)


Work of the national research foundation nrf relating to arts culture prepared for

NRF Focus Areas for Research Funding from Parliamentary Core Grant

(approx R240M for 2004/05)

Unlocking the Future

Distinct SA Research Opportunities

Conservation & Management of Ecosystems & Biodiversity

Economic Growth & International Competitiveness

Education & the Challenges for Change

Indigenous Knowledge Systems (R10M)

ICT & the Information Society

Socio-political Impact of Globalisation

Sustainable Livelihoods


Work of the national research foundation nrf relating to arts culture prepared for

Specific Objectives for IKS Focus Area

Support postgraduate training in IKS

Develop & expand the IKS research field

IK science outreach

Establish academic & intellectual support base for IKS in SA

Develop an information management system for IKS

Encourage & support research initiatives on language & IKS


Work of the national research foundation nrf relating to arts culture prepared for

IKS Grant Categories for 2005/06


Work of the national research foundation nrf relating to arts culture prepared for

Specific Arts, Crafts & Materials Projects

IKS, Design & African Independent Churches

Investigating the role of IKS on the design of African religious artifacts amongst the African Independent Churches in Jhb & surrounding areas.

Rock Art Research Institute

Developing a history for the development of IKS of pre-colonial Southern Africa using evidence provided by rock art.


Work of the national research foundation nrf relating to arts culture prepared for

Developments Around the Human Language Technologies (HLT) Initiative


Work of the national research foundation nrf relating to arts culture prepared for

Rationale

  • Recognition of the need for a HLT Centre with following functions:

  • Research, coordination & consultation

  • Acquisition, enhancement & management of digital text & speech data for all official languages as reusable resources for development of HLT applications

  • Development of specialised open-source software for Natural Language Processing

  • HR development through implementation of HLT training & reskilling programmes


Work of the national research foundation nrf relating to arts culture prepared for

Developments


Work of the national research foundation nrf relating to arts culture prepared for

Developments Contd.


Work of the national research foundation nrf relating to arts culture prepared for

Existing Research Capacity in HLT

  • Within University of Stellenbosch:

  • Research Unit for Experimental Phonology (RUEPUS) in Dept of African Languages

  • Digital Speech Processing (DSP) group within Dept Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Was short-listed in assessing proposals for establishment of DST CoEs


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