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The Antarctic Legacy Project began in 2008 with the end goal of creating a product that will be a “… comprehensive electronic source, and in some areas archive (including by necessity paper copy), of the material available for social science, law and humanities research within the South African National Antarctic Programme.”(From: Bringing South Africa’s Antarctic […]

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60 years ago South African National Antarctic Expedition (SANAE) 1 left from Cape Town on the 3rd of December 1959 to only arrive on the 8th of January 1960 at Antarctic Ice Shelf. An article about the departure of SANAE 59 has just been posted on the SANAP website. After reading this article, compare that […]

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Third Polar Data Forum

ALSA’s Principal Investigator/Archivist is currently in Helsinki, attending the Third Polar Data Forum. The theme of the conference is: Let polar data holders get together and make more use of data. Ria is presenting a talk today in the Data Management for Polar Social Science and Humanities Session on the importance of data management within […]

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The 2019 International Open Access Week (21-27 October 2019) theme is “Open for Whom? Equity in Open Knowledge”. The Antarctic Legacy of South Africa is pleased to say that our digital archive is open for all  to use. The ALSA archive focuses on preserving South Africa’s involvement in the Antarctic region, including Marion Island, Gough […]

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Derivation of the word metkassie A ‘metkassie’ is a nickname long given to meteorological technicians at South Africa’s southern weather stations, including at Marion Island. In pre-plastic days, and with the original need for man-handling cargo ashore across a boulder beach prior to the cliff top cranes at Gunner’s Point, supplies came ashore on Marion […]

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This years South African Antarctic Club (SAAC) Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Midwinter celebratory lunch was once again held at the GEMS Village in Irene, Pretoria. This years event took place on Saturday 22 June 2019 and was attended by 10 members and some of their partners. This included welcome visits from Dr Heinz Rode […]

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A solstice can be defined in a number of ways but few really explain the mechanics of the phenomenon. Firstly, a solstice can be said to be either of the times each year when the sun is furthest from the equator. It is also the time when the sun is vertically above the Tropic of […]

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In a recent article on ALSA we mentioned that an archive is a by-product of human activity preserved in material to provide a direct window on past events.  ALSA wants to be the custodian for these artefacts that are housed at bases and in personal collections.  ALSA would like to become the memory of our […]

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International Archives day is celebrated on 9 June 2019: Designing the Archives in the 21st Century We would like to think that Antarctic Legacy of South Africa (ALSA) is putting people at the centre of our archive. ALSA is based on an on-going digital based archive at the Stellenbosch University. The ALSA archive aims to […]

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Memories from the past available through preservation – and we are once again reminded of this by the passing of SANAE 2 team member. ALSA receives many emails from previous team members of SANAE, Marion and Gough. These are mostly of members wanting to come in contact with past team members. The worldwide web and […]