Cultural and heritage data resources

Data sources

Broadcast Research Council of South Africa data on audience trends for TV and radio are now available online.
National Archives and Records Service of South Africa (NARSSA) search of more than 8.3 million items on the 'new' database (partial) and the 'old' database (complete).
South African Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA) manages the South African Heritage Resources Information System (SAHRIS)
South African History Archives (SAHA) collections
HSRC Press open access book collection (400+ titles)
Various digital collections at the University of Cape Town.
Zamani Project is posting GIS spatial data packages and 3D models of heritage sites across Africa
South African Centre for Digital Language Resources (SADiLaR) collection of language resources
Repository of the 500 Year Archive, an experimental digital research tool. It is designed to support historical enquiry into the five hundred years before colonialism in what is today KwaZulu-Natal and neighbouring regions. It convenes online diverse materials including, amongst other things, texts, images, recordings, excavated items and botanical material, as well as early vernacular publications.
According to the National Library of South Africa (NLSA), "all newspapers published in South Africa are collected by the NLSA" and a digital archive is being implemented.

Example cultural data applications

See this exhibition of projects developed for #HackUrCulture, hosted by the Goethe Institut Johannesburg and Credipple in October 2020.
There are some examples of what can be done with open cultural data, mostly from the US (but please Tweet us about others if you have seen them).
Artefact project for HackUrCulture
Map a trip using the New York Public Library (NYPL) Green Book items
Navigating the Green Book at NYPL
Southern Mosaic is a visual story using data from the US Library of Congress
Southern Mosaic visualisation of artist locations and titles
Also by the New York Public Library, a visual grouping of 180,000+ public domain items
The Met has collaborated with Google to enable searching of archives using colour
A visual timeline of the Harvard Art Museum collection

Additional reading on open cultural data

Data as Culture with ODI

Tools to try

For visualisation, there are many to try out like Flourish and Datawrapper. If you're more technical and using Python or R, have a look at this summary of libraries.
Have a look at these storytelling tools from Knightlab including Timeline, StoryMap, Soundcite and Juxtapose.
For mapping relationships or networks as a story try GraphCommons, see this example of three musicians in a recording ecosystem. Kumu is also popular for network visualisation.
For mapping, something like Kepler is easier to use. For more detail on working with spatial data see this page.
If you want to get data tables out of PDFs you can try Tabula. OpenRefine is good for cleaning data.
If you want to analyse text in books or articles (e.g. to identify people and places) there are lots of tools to try like TextRazor, Intellexer and Google's Natural Language.