My introduction to the world of data was through working as an archivist for the research unit at the University of Cape Town that undertook the first ever household survey in South Africa. We then had to find a way of managing and sharing the data - and now my life is working with and advocating for sound data management for better national planning.
Being a member of IASSIST gives me access to a community of practice who understand what my work involves, and its value in society.
The last one - it was the best one ever :) - 2010 hosted by Cornell in Ithaca, NY
I'm currently working on ways to make DataFirst, my unit at the University of Cape Town, even more relevant to knowledge utilisation on my continent. We are working on an ongoing project to research and promote the quality of official data in South Africa. We are also working with research units at other South African universities to assist data usage in order to foster African quantitative social science. On the academic side I have had a paper accepted for presentation at this year's IFLA congress in Sweden - the paper deals with training to promote data management in Africa. This is also the topic of my PhD for which I'm currently conducting research.
Dance (salsa, tango, jazz, etc) My creative ambition is to dance in as many countries as possible - and I'm working seriously on it!