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    They stood their ground!’ – Professional Gangsters in South African Indian Society, 1940 - 1970
    (2023-04) Rachuene, Gose
    This thesis is one part of a Creative PhD that investigates the emergence of a new breed of South African Indian gangsters in Durban and Johannesburg in the early apartheid period. The second part, existing as a separate creative text, is a screenplay for a feature film loosely based on dynamics and events present in the Durban Indian underworld of the 1950s. In the thesis I argue that while prominent ‘professional’ Indian gangsters were similar to other ‘non-white’ gangsters in certain respects (their self-fashioning in relation to gangster films, for one), these ‘gentlemen gangsters’ were different in terms of their high level of social and economic integration into Indian society. Focusing on the Crimson League in Durban and Sherief Khan’s gang in Johannesburg, this research comprises reconstructions from (and analysis of) interviews and written sources. It shows how these hustlers positioned themselves as protectors of the Indian community, but also cultivated reputations as punishers, capable of brutal violence if opposed.
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    (2023-01-16) Hosa
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    Predatory publishing practices: is there life after Beall's list?
    (WKW School of Communication & Information & NTU Libraries Nanyang Technological University, 2017-12) Nicholson, Denise Rosemary
    Background. Scholarly communication is an ever-evolving practice. As publishing advanced from the printed format to digital formats, new trends, practices and platforms emerged in academia. As reputable publishers adapted their business models to accommodate open access, many non-reputable publishers have emerged with questionable business models and less-than favourable or unacceptable publishing services. Objectives. This paper discusses changing trends in scholarly publishing, the advent of and problems caused by pervasive predatory publishing practices, and possible solutions. The paper also investigates possible alternatives to Beall’s list and whether a “one-stop shop” black- or white list would serve as a comprehensive tool for scholarly authors. Results. The paper concludes that there is no “one-stop shop” or comprehensive resource or guidelines available at this stage for scholarly authors to consult before publishing. It alerts scholars to be cautious and to do research about potential publishers, before submitting manuscripts for publication. Contributions. It provides recommendations and some useful resources to assist authors before they publish their works.
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    Knowledge Management for the South African Architectural Profession, based on a Local Case Study
    (Common Ground, 2008) Johnson, Johanna
    Traditionally, architectural archives serve as a repository of knowledge which supports architects in developing a frame of reference. They also have the function of preservation. In the developed world, these archives of architectural knowledge have been established for public use, whilst the developing world generally lacks these repositories. With South Africa being a developing country in a third world, its history of architecture is scarcely documented. Therefore, core knowledge-assets for the profession in this part of the world have been neglected. This paper explores the challenges facing Architecture libraries, professionally and academically, in maintaining service excellence considering the special user needs of architects and planners, in the context of digitisation.
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    Open Access: Wits Research - Stepping onto the Global Stage
    (2010-11-05) Nicholson, Denise Rosemary
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    Global IPR regimes and challenges in bridging the knowledge gap – African Virtual Library and Information Network.
    (http://www.uneca.org/disd/events/accra//InternetGovernance/Global%20IPR%20regime%20and%20challenges%A0in%A0bridging%A0the.ppt., 2005-01) Ubogu, F N; Nicholson, Denise
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    Copyright: how to use your photocopier & computer lawfully
    (South Africa. Department of Sport, Arts & Culture: Librsary and Archive Services Directorate. Free State Provincial Library and Information Service, 2008) Nicholson, Denise Rosemary
    This article gives practical tips when making reproductions for educational purposes.
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    The practical side of copyright - applications and administration
    (South Africa. Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology: Subdirectorate of Meta-Information, 1999-11) Nicholson, Denise; de Bruin, Kotie
    This article discusses copyright licensing and their different applications
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    Report on the revision of the regulations of the Copyright Act, 1978
    (South Africa. Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology: Subdirectorate of Meta-Information, 1999-02) Nicholson, Denise
    Article discusses the attempt to revise the SA Copyright Act No. 98 of 1978 in 1998.
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    The African Copyright and Access to Knowledge (ACA2K) Project : a brief overview
    (www.ifla.org, 2009-08-29) Nicholson, Denise Rosemary
    This paper provides a brief overview of the African Copyright & Access to Knowledge Project (ACA2K) which was established in 2007 and which is funded by the International Development Centre (IDRC) in Canada and the Shuttleworth Foundation in South Africa. This project is probing the relationship between national copyright environments and access to knowledge in eight African countries. The paper describes the background and context of the project; why those countries were selected; the conceptual framework within which the project is conducting its research, and the methodology applied. It discusses some preliminary research findings and provides some recommendations of future activities of the ACA2K project.
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    Access to Knowledge Issues in Africa
    (Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Egypt, 2009-11) Nicholson, Denise Rosemary
    This chapter discusses various access to knowledge initiatives in Africa, which the author has been involved in and/or has been associated with in Africa.
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    Document for Commonwealth Countries on Copyright Matters in Education
    (Commonwealth of Learning, 2005-05) Hofman, Julian; Kawooya, Dick; Nicholson, Denise Rosemary; Ntuma, Augustine; Prabhala, Achal; Schad, Robert; Schoenwetter, Tobias; Tladi, Lekopanye; West, Paul
    This document discusses copyright issues and provides guidelines on copyright limitations and exceptions for education in Commonwealth countries.
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    Free Trade Agreements and TRIPS-plus: implications for developing countries in Africa
    (www.ifla.org, 2005-12-05) Nicholson, Denise Rosemary
    This paper will focus mainly on issues affecting access to knowledge in African countries and implications of international intellectual property agreements. It will show that the majority of these countries are struggling to meet the very basic requirements of the TRIPS Agreement, yet they are now being pressured by developing countries to adopt even stricter intellectual property regimes through the IP Chatper or "TRIPS-Plus" in Free Trade Agreements. The paper highlights the impact of Free Trade Agreements and TRIPS-Plus on education, libraries, people with sensory-disabilities, public health and development in general.
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    The Impact of Copyright on Access to Public Information in African countries: a perspective from Uganda and South Africa
    (www.ifla.org, 2009-08) Nicholson, Denise Rosemary; Kawooya, Dick
    The paper describes various laws and regulations that affect access to public information in two African countries, Uganda and South Africa. It offers some recommendations on how to remedy the situation in both countries.
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    Intellectual Property: benefit or burden for Africa?
    (Sage Publications on behalf of IFLA, 2006) Nicholson, Denise Rosemary
    This paper highlights some of the issues affecting access to knowledge in South Africa and other Afrian countries, as well as the implications of international intellectual property agreements, focusing mainly on copyright. It will show that the majority of these countries are struggling to meet th very basic requirement of internatinonal intellectual proeprty agreements, yet some of them are being pressured by developed countries to adopt even stricter intellectual property regimes through the Intellectual Property Chapter or 'TRIPs-Plus' in Free Trade Agreements. The paper highlights the impact of some of the TRIPS-Plus provisions on education, libraries, and people with sensory-disabilities, as well as public health and development in general.
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    Librarians can make a difference
    (Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA), 2008-04) Nicholson, Denise Rosemary
    This article describes how librarians can make a difference in lobbying for change in copyright legislation.
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    IFLA Quebec 2008 - Copyright and related matters
    (Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA), 2008-12) Nicholson, Denise R
    This article is a report on the author's attendance and experiences at the IFLA Conference in Quebec in 2008
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    Burning issue: How does copyright affect you as librarians, researchers, teachers?
    (Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA), 2008-07) Nicholson, Denise Rosemary
    This article defines copyright and provides guidelines to librarians, researchers and teachers on how to apply the Copyright law to reproduction for educational and non-commercial purposes
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    The 'Information-Starved' - Is there any hope of reaching the 'Information Super Highway'?
    (Sage Publications on behalf of IFLA, 2002) Nicholson, Denise
    The right to access to information and ideas is vital for any society, yet for most developing countries in the sub-Saharan region of Africa, this is unattainable. This paper describes problems of access to information and copyright barriers and ways of improving the current situation
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    Digital Rights Management and Access to Information: a developing country’s perspective
    (Volume 19, Issue 1, March 2009, 2009-03) Nicholson, Denise Rosemary
    Digital rights management systems (DRMs) together with technological protection measures (TPMs) have become a controversial topic of discussion around copyrighted works, particularly since the controversial Sony BMG case. This paper addresses some of the concerns around TPM-enabled digital rights management systems as they apply to and impact on developing countries. It highlights issues such as digital censorship, international support for digital rights management and the current legislation in South Africa relating to digital rights management. It also discusses types of digital rights management systems and how they affect access to information and knowledge, as well as their impact on the public domain and privacy. The paper provides some recommendations and challenges to librarians and educators in South Africa and for librarians in other developing countries, on how to address digital rights management issues in relation to their obligations and mandates to provide users and learners with unrestricted access to information.