RECAP: One of the mandates for the Natural Science Department, is to publish its collections data that fall under its umbrella to the free access data sharing platforms such as the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF). GBIF is an international network and data infrastructure funded by the world's governments that aims at providing anyone, anywhere, open access to data about all types of life on earth.

Once datasets are published and available through GBIF, the information can be accessed by anyone across the world.

The benefit of this is that one can publish data that has a lot of citations including those from collectors of that data. And in that fortunate event, one should expect communication from these researchers regarding the standard of the dataset information.

So one of the collectors from the KwaZulu-Natal Museum (KZNM) Entomology Collection dataset sent an email regarding observation of the dataset.

Below are some of the alerts he has picked up that need to be looked at by myself and find the best solutions to improving the data in GBIF.


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Another alert I received recently from someone who accessed our data in GBIF was David Shorthouse, who maintains a crowd-sourced, open data curation environment called Bionomia that allows anyone to create linkages between persistent, unique identifiers for collectors and the natural history specimens they collected and/or determined.


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So besides other people raising certain flags to the data that one publishes, GBIF also does the same thing in terms of alerting/highlighting data discrepancies found in a dataset. Some of the alerts/issues may not necessarily be problems but a matter of how GBIF itself interprets the data and therefore might be issues of formats.

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This further proves the importance of sharing data through platforms such as GBIF, as it helps information sharing and improvement, thus striving to hold data that is of best world standards. This automatically increases the value of the data found in our Museum.

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Every year we celebrate International Museum Day on the 18 May! This year the focus is on "Museums have the power to transform the world around us."

We invite you to visit our Museum on the 18 May FOR FREE.

In addition between 9am - 12:00pm we will bring our departments out into the galleries to meet you! Come and see what work is done behind the scenes in a Museum. You may meet an Archaeologist or a scientist! Chat to one of our Exhibitions artists or even our librarian. It's a whole new world behind the scenes, come and get a glimpse!

There is no entry fee, but an endless journey of discovery that awaits you!

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IMD 2022

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From the 28th April to the 8th May a training course in Taxonomy and Systematics of African Pollinating flies was held at Shawswood in Karkloof, KZN. The course is one of the planned outcomes of the ongoing Belspo-NRF project DIPTEACH (Diptera Museum collections as a source for taxonomic research and TEACHing activities) and is supported by the JRS Biodiversity Foundation project PINDIP (Pollinator information Network on Two-winged Insects (Diptera), a project that one of our Museum department head, Dr. John Midgley, is highly involved in.

The course was set up around daily activities that involved the teaching of collecting specimens (flies), using different methods such as malaise traps, hand netting and sweep netting. The students were also taught how to pin, label and preserve specimens and to identify specimens to family and genus level using the published volumes of the Manual of Afrotropical Diptera that the students were all given for the course. Each aspect of the course had its own lecture presented by the lectures involved namely Dr. Kurt Jordaens, Dr. John Midgley and Dr. Terence Bellingan.  The course was well delivered and will benefit both students and workers that attended the course.







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Continued Fieldwork in the Groot Winterhoek Mountains, Eastern Cape Province

In late 2021 Dr Ghilraen Laue of the Human Sciences Department at the KZN Museum returned to the Groot Winterhoek Mountains to undertake further fieldwork. Dr Laue started working in this under-researched area in 2012 and in the last 10 years has documented 70 new sites, including 11 new sites during this field season. There are still large areas of Groot Winterhoek Mountains that need to be explored and many more sites waiting to be discovered.

2022GW2This heavily painted shelter is situated high up in a narrow valley of one of the tributaries of the KwaZunga River.

2022GW42022GW3Left: Handprints on a naturally smoothed area of rock. Right: View from the shelter showing the steep terrain.


Dr Laue’s research includes the investigation into depictions of bird therianthropes; creatures with the bodies of swifts and human heads. Three new sites with these types of images were recorded, including a unique image where the ‘wings’ are bent up like arms and have human fingers (see below).

2022GW5Usually, in these types of images, the body is birdlike with wings stretched out on either side. Although this image has a swift tail, the upper body is human. The remains of a hook-head (a common way of depicting human heads in the region) can be seen above. This image has been enhanced using Dstretch.

2022GW1Among the many images recorded was this well preserved panel of five human figures with antelope-eared caps.

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