Overview

A major new initiative related to the encouragement of research in the field of Digital Humanities has led to the formation of the South African Centre for Digital Language Resources (SADiLaR), which will be hosted by NWU as the hub of the new centre. It is a new research infrastructure set up by the Department of Science and Technology and forms part of the new South African Research Infrastructure Roadmap. The founding node members are NWU, the University of Pretoria, the University of South Africa, the Meraka Institute, and the Inter-Institutional Centre for Language Development and Assessment. The Language Resource Management Agency, currently managed by CTexT on behalf of the Department of Arts and Culture, will be integrated in the new centre. The centre will run a digitisation programme that entails the systematic creation of academically relevant digital text, speech and multi-modal resources related to all official South African languages, as well as a Digital Humanities programme that will facilitate research capacity building. Prof Justus Roux will act as director for the first year (2017) of a three-year incubation phase.