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Access to Knowledge in Africa: The Role of Copyright
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The emergence of the Internet and the digital world has changed the way people access produce and share information and knowledge Yet people in Africa face challenges in accessing scholarly publications journals and learning materials in general At the heart of these challenges and solutions to them is copyright the branch of intellectual property rights that covers written and related works This book gives the reader an understanding of the legal and practical issues posed by copyright for access to learning materials in Africa and identifies the relevant lesson best policies and best practices that would broaden and deepen this access This book is based on the work of the African Copyright and Access to Knowledge ACA2K research network launched in late 2007 as a network of researchers committed to probing the relationship between copyright and learning materials access in eight African countries Egypt Ghana Kenya Morocco Mozambique Senegal South Africa and Uganda

Subject:
Law
General Law
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Textbook
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University of Cape Town
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UCT OpenContent
Author:
Armstrong
de Beer
Kawooya
Prabhala
Schonwetter
Date Added:
09/21/2010
Advanced Microsoft Word 2007 for Thesis Writing
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Word 2007 is a word processor designed by Microsoft This manual will show you some more advanced features of the program and is aimed at students preparing to write their thesis. The manual covers: Outlining; Using styles; Creating a table of contents; Defining document sections; Effective use of graphics.

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Textbook
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University of Cape Town
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Author:
Desiree McKie
Jane Nash
Date Added:
01/28/2010
"Because the Country Says They Have to Change"
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The shift from apartheid to a constitutional democracy in South Africa brought with it a plethora of questions concerning ideas of nationhood, citizenship, and organisational transformation. Integrally caught up in the revolution, the South African Police Service (SAPS) faces transformative challenges on scales far larger than most other organisations in the country. From being the strong arm of the oppressive elite, it has had to restructure and rearticulate its function, while simultaneously attempting to maintain law and order. Like many other corporations and organisations, the SAPS has engaged in interventions aimed at aiding the fluidity of this process. This report is an analysis of one such intervention. It attempts to ascertain the extent to which members are changing as a result of particular diversity workshops conducted in a region of the Western Cape. The analysis focuses on members at one particular station.

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Reading
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University of Cape Town
Author:
Andrew
Faull
Date Added:
01/23/2012
Black Adam: End of the White Guy?
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This website features video material that can be used by educators and facilitators to generate discussion of whiteness in Post-Apartheid South Africa and the postcolonial world, in general.

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Arts and Humanities
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Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
University of Cape Town
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UCT OpenContent
Author:
Dominic Wilhelm
Haley McEwen
Melissa Steyn
Date Added:
12/08/2010
Cleaner Energy Cooler Climate: Developing Sustainable Energy Solutions for South Africa
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For South Africa, finding a policy approach that balances the increasing demand for energy with the need for sustainability, equity, and climate change mitigation is a particular challenge. Through energy modelling indicators of sustainable development and policy analysis, Harald Winkler builds a rich and detailed case study illustrating how a development-focused approach to energy and climate policy might work in South Africa. Moreover, with recent recordsetting global crude oil prices, he points out that making energy supply and use more sustainable is a central challenge in South Africa's future development path. An energy researcher, IPCC author, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and a member of the South African delegation to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, Winkler offers a nuanced examination of where the synergies and tradeoffs lie, and makes clear the imperative of considering long-term implications when meeting short-term needs.

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Case Study
Reading
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University of Cape Town
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Author:
Professor Harald Winkler
Date Added:
05/12/2011
Climate change and health in the SADC Region
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The draft review examines the link between climate change and health with special reference to the Southern African region SADC countries It attempts to set the scene for determining pertinent research priorities in the region to contribute to knowledge on the one hand and for identification implementation and evaluation of adaptation interventions that are likely to be appropriate and effective in the region This review has been conducted by Strategic Evaluation Advisory and Development Consulting SEAD a health consultancy together with the COEHR and is part of the Regional Climate Change Programme RCPP led by One World Sustainable Investments

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Reading
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University of Cape Town
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A
Chapman
Galloway
J
M
Manyike
Myers
P
T
Tucker
Young
Date Added:
09/21/2010
DemOnline
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The website catalogues both lecture demonstrations and VPython scripts. The lecture demo section contains descriptions of the setup and execution of various physics experiments, along with screenshots and a reference for finding the equipment in the UCT Physics labs. The VPython scripts section contains scripts that demonstrate various physics concepts.

Subject:
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Simulation
Provider:
University of Cape Town
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UCT OpenContent
Author:
Andy Buffler
Michael Malahe
Date Added:
09/16/2011
Discovering Information Systems An Exploratory Approach
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Note: This book was written in 1999 and last updated in 2003. Since then technologies have changed so the non-conceptual and more technical parts of the book may be out of date.Why Yet Another Textbook (WYAT)?There are many excellent introductory information systems (IS) texts on the market. Why then produce our own text? Interestingly enough, when we sat down to critically review the first year Information Systems curriculum, the very last thing that we wanted was to get involved in writing yet another text. But after we had set the broad educational goals, the curriculum content and educational approach, we found that no textbook fitted our objectives or approach. Briefly, the following considerations forced us to fire up our word processor and compile the text you find in front of you.Technology Bias. A frequent criticism of the introductory information systems curricula is that many have a very strong technological bias: many courses are an in-depth treatment of hardware and software concepts with an avalanche of buzzwords, often reflecting some computer science origins. Although a sound understanding of the technology that underlies information systems is critical, this technology is subject to significant change and seems to receive a disproportionately large amount of attention. This is particularly prevalent in many of the American textbooks that we considered for this course: they all seem to be an "Introduction to Computers" rather than an "Introduction to Information Systems". We wondered where the broader scientific contexts are in these, admittedly very well illustrated but quickly out-dated, documentaries of computer technologies. This is in sharp contrast to a number of European and Australasian texts, some of which relegate all the technology concepts to a single chapter or even a mere appendix at the end of the book! We needed something of a balance between these two extremes. We hope that the three roughly equal sections (scientific, technological and organisational contexts) in this will provide a sufficiently balanced approach to the study of information systems. We wish to provide students with a sound technical understanding but also let them take into account the more philosophical, scientific and organisational aspects of information systems.Depth of Treatment. We needed a text where the conceptual or theoretical component would be equivalent to roughly half of a one-semester course. Most textbooks on the market are intended for full or half-year courses. A frequent comment, even of the newer "trimmed-down editions", is that there is just too much material. Students with little or no previous exposure to computer jargon especially despair when confronted with the many new terms and acronyms. In addition, many of these technologies may be outdated by the time the students have completed their studies. By limiting ourselves to twelve chapters and setting strict limits to the length of each chapter, we hope to stem the "information overload" without compromising the academic standard. We carefully considered "need to know" versus "nice to know". A good example of the latter are the typical detailed historical notes on historical devices such as the abacus, Babbage or ENIAC.Educational Approach. Contrary to our expectations, past student evaluations showed that the textbook previously use, a well-written American one with excellent colour photographs and illustrations, was not well received and lectures based on the textbook were judged to be "boring". It is clear that a different educational approach was needed, perhaps due to our unique South African circumstances. Based on our experiences, we hope that a participatory learning approach will make the "theoretical" section come more alive and replace the rote learning with genuine understanding. The integral part of this text is therefore in the supporting materials: readings, case studies, class assignments and group exercises.Cost. Although not a decisive factor, we also considered the fact that many students face financial constraints. By producing a local textbook, we hope to beat the exchange rate fluctuations.This text consist of twelve chapters, which can be grouped roughly into the following three sections.The scientific context: a review of the fundamental scientific concepts on which IS builds: what is information, what is a system and what are information systems.The technological context: an overview of relevant technology: hardware, software and communications technology.The organisational context: the development and deployment of information systems as well as some wider societal concerns.It is important that this text not be seen separate from the practical worksheets, case studies, videos and group work, which will be provided in the lectures. The intention of these additional materials is to enhance the educational process through participatory learning units: you learn best when doing.It is also our conviction that university students need to be introduced from the first year to academic pluralism: too often undergraduate students get the impression that there is a single correct approach or, even worse, that most problems have only one correct solution or answer. This text is therefor supplemented with additional readings, culled from the world-wide web, in which we hope to expose students to different views of the material presented in the concepts part.

Subject:
Computer Science
Material Type:
Case Study
Textbook
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University of Cape Town
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UCT OpenContent
Author:
Jean-Paul Van Belle Jane Nash & Mike Eccles
Date Added:
02/16/2011
Gastric Lavage Procedure Animation
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This resource can be used to illustrate the gastric lavage procedure Gastric lavage is the standard method of obtaining specimens for Tuberculosis TB diagnosis in young children. It is generally carried out only in infants and children below the age of two years In older children specimens for TB microscopy and culture are better obtained by sputum induction or voluntary coughing. There are two items included here Gastric lavage Presentation PPT presentation that illustrates and explains the procedure with text, Gastric lavage Animation sequence PPTAnimation which demonstrates how this procedure can be performed. Art work in this animation should be attributed to Stacey Stent. Conceptualisation and the description of the content in the teaching materials should be attributed to Rupesh Daya and Professor Maurice Kibel

Subject:
Health, Medicine and Nursing
Material Type:
Simulation
Provider:
University of Cape Town
Provider Set:
UCT OpenContent
Author:
Professor Maurice Kibel
Rupesh Daya
Stacey Stent
Date Added:
09/06/2010
Health and Human Rights Pamphlets
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A series of 7 pamphlets exploring different aspects of the right to Health. These pamphlets are available in three languages: English, Xhosa and Afrikaans, and cover topics of patient and human rights, rights to healthcare and healthcare information, and community involvement in health. The Learning Network pamphlets have been developed using principles of popular education and are suited for use by academia and community organisations' with other members of civil society.

Subject:
Health, Medicine and Nursing
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Reading
Provider:
University of Cape Town
Provider Set:
UCT OpenContent
Author:
Family Medicine
Human Rights
Learning Network for Health
School of Public Health
Date Added:
02/16/2011
Language, Identity, Modernity: The Arabic Study Circle of Durban
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A fusion of linguistic, religious, and ethnic groups with rich diverse roots and intersecting histories make up South Africa. However, the literature on most of the smaller groups tends to be thin and uneven, and often tends to relegate them to the margins of the country's major narratives. This innovative study introduces readers to a fascinating world of linguistic, religious, and cultural politics in the South African port city of Durban, from around 1950, the world of the Arabic Study Circle. This Association was led by a group of largely middle class Indian Muslim Gujurati-speaking men who were passionate about breaking out of the narrow confines of their origins and connecting to a larger changing world of learning rooted in Arabic and an Islamic modernity. They were gentlemen who believed in the transformative powers of reading and conversation. They exemplify the broader process common among educated, but disadvantaged, people in apartheid South Africa, and across the decolonised world in search for meaning community and authenticity.

Material Type:
Reading
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University of Cape Town
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UCT OpenContent
Author:
Dr. Shamil Jeppie
Date Added:
05/12/2011
The Meanings of Timbuktu
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This volume authored by leading international scholars begin s to sketch the meaning of Timbuktu within the context of the intellectual history of West Africa in particular and of the African continent in general The book covers four broad areas Part I provides an introduction to the region outlines what archaeology can tell us of its history examines the paper and various calligraphic styles used in the manuscripts and explains how ancient institutions of scholarship functioned Part II begins to analyse what the manuscripts can tell us of African history Part III offers insight into the lives and works of just a few of the many scholars who achieved renown in the region and beyond Part IV provides a glimpse into Timbuktus libraries and private collections Part V looks at the written legacy of the eastern half of Africa which like that of the western region is often ignored. In a joint project between South Africa and Mali a library to preserve more than 200 000 Arabic and West African manuscripts dating from the 13th to the 19th centuries is currently under construction It is the first official cultural project of the New Partnership for Africas Development Nepad the socioeconomic development plan of the African Union and when the library is built the cultural role of Timbuktu be revived as it becomes the safe haven for the treasured manuscripts The manuscripts prove that Africa had a rich legacy of written history long before western colonisers set foot on the continent

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Archaeology
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
University of Cape Town
Provider Set:
UCT OpenContent
Author:
Shamil Jeppie
Souleymane Bachir Diagne (eds)
Date Added:
10/05/2010
Penguin Watch
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This website is designed to contain up-to-date news and information about the issues facing penguins in their natural habita,t specifically the African Penguin. Penguins feed at or near the top of food chains in many ecosystems and so are sensitive to alterations in the marine habitat. They are also highly visible enigmatic birds which as a family have a circumglobal distribution within the southern hemisphere. However, many of the world's 18 penguin species are facing threats to their existence. In 2010, 11 species were considered of conservation concern and five of these, including the African Penguin, were listed as Endangered in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, The threats facing penguins are not unique, but generally represent more widespread impacts by man on the marine environment or its islands. Measure, will also be advantageous to the health of the wider marine environment and the other species that inhabit it. In other words, penguins are ambassadors of marine biodiversity and they should be seen as flagship species for conservation with their fate representing that of many of the worlds marine ecosystems and organisms.

Subject:
Biology
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Reading
Provider:
University of Cape Town
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UCT OpenContent
Author:
Department of Zoology
Date Added:
01/19/2011
Physics: Intermediate Physics
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This physics course is for students who have not completed PHY1004W, to prepare them for PHY2014F and PHY2015S. VECTOR FIELDS IN PHYSICS: Vector calculus; div, grad, curl; line-, surface- and volume integrals; Gauss' Theorem; Stokes' Theorem; simple applications to fluid dynamics and electromagnetism STATISTICAL MODELLING OF RADIATION AND MATTER: Mathematical descriptions of solids, liquids and gases; entropy; temperature; the Boltzmann distribution; thermodynamics; statistical models of photons; statistical models in quantum mechanics, wave-particle duality. UCT PHY2009S

Subject:
Physics
Material Type:
Lecture Notes
Provider:
University of Cape Town
Provider Set:
UCT OpenContent
Author:
Andy Buffler
Date Added:
12/03/2010
Researching Online Portfolio Social Networks at High School
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This presentation was delivered to visual art students about Online Portfolio Social Networks. Can be used to understand and present the basic motivations and enablers of online student portfolios.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Visual Arts
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
University of Cape Town
Provider Set:
UCT OpenContent
Author:
Travis Noakes
Date Added:
07/01/2010
A Schematic Introduction to the Anatomy of the Inguinal Canal
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This video is intended for students of clinical anatomy. It is a schematic introduction to the anatomy and function of the inguinal canal.

A Powerpoint version of this presentation (without video) can be found at http://open.uct.ac.za/handle/11427/2513

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
University of Cape Town
Provider Set:
Vula
Date Added:
11/17/2016
Starting with Screencasts
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A short presentation which introduces screencasting recording the actions and movements performed on a computer screen. Screencasts can be used to demonstrate how to use a particular piece of software website or to demonstrate a concept using the computer screen much like a classroom blackboard The recorded videos can then be shared on the web so that anyone can access your lesson The presentation offers tips for starting with screencasts some examples of excellent screencasts available on the web suggests two software options for recording screen movements on Windows operating systems and offers some options for sharing the resulting video on the web.

Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
University of Cape Town
Provider Set:
UCT OpenContent
Author:
Michael Paskevicius
Date Added:
09/13/2010
Tensors and Relativity Course
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This website contains lecture notes on Special and General Relativity, with a mathematical approach. The first part is exclusively dedicated to Special Relativity and its mathematical treatment using Tensors. The last four subjects go through General Relativity, explaining its principles, the effects of gravity and how to apply Tensors to the study of curvature of space. The topics in this resource include: Mathematical Tools and Linear Algebra and Tensors in General physics; General Relativity; Mathematics in relativity; Tensors in relativity; and Special relativity.

Material Type:
Full Course
Lecture Notes
Provider:
University of Cape Town
Provider Set:
UCT OpenContent
Author:
Professor Peter Dunsby
Date Added:
10/11/2010
Tobacco Excise Simulation Model (TETSiM)
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Tool for tobacco control advocates and government officials considering the impact of a change in tobacco excise taxes on a number of variables.

It has been developed to analyse the likely impact of cigarette excise tax changes on a variety of variables, TETSiM allows you to answer questions such as: * By what percentage is cigarette consumption likely to decrease if the excise tax increases by 10 per cent? * How many people are likely to quit smoking? * How many people would not die prematurely from a tobacco-related illness? * Can the government expect to increase its revenue if it raises the excise tax, and by how much? * How can the tobacco industry's pricing strategy change the likely outcomes of an excise tax change?

Subject:
Business and Communication
Material Type:
Simulation
Provider:
University of Cape Town
Provider Set:
UCT OpenContent
Author:
Corne van Walbeek
Date Added:
02/05/2010