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This has been a long time coming. For over half a decade we have been wanting to overhaul our website and make it more representative of the totality of Africa Media Online. In the past, our website was dominated by the media library side of our enterprise and the digital trade route side of the [...]

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Creating a secure and fail-proof hosting environment for digital heritage is the problem we have been working to solve for years. In this past year, however, we have been able to take significant strides in this regard. We are now celebrating with the launch of what we are calling our Preservation Cloud. Everyone speaks about [...]

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The University of Göttingen and the Göttingen State and University Library, Germany, will play host to the 2019 IIIF Annual Conference. The IIIF or International Image Interoperability Framework is an international community drawn from many of the World’s leading academic, heritage and scientific organisations working together to create technology that allows for the collaborative and [...]

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May 2018 saw the launch of an exciting initiative by the National Research Foundation in collaboration with the University of the Witwatersrand Libraries to set up an institute that can create digitisation capacity in South Africa. This was the first initiative of its kind funded by the NRF and is an exciting initiative in South [...]

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It took the Africa Media Online digitisation team two months to digitise over 4,000 traditional Zulu artefacts at the Phansi Museum in Durban. The project, funded by the National Lottery Commission was awarded to the Phansi Museum for the digitisation of their collection and the building of a digital archive. The funding was awarded in [...]

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We have done it! In December 2017 two of the Africa Media Online team tied the knot and got married in fine style at Grace Generation church in Pietermaritzburg – a first for Africa Media Online. Nkanyiso Ngcobo as been part of the Africa Media Online digitisation team for many years having grown up in [...]

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Last year we had the privilege of digitising 184 original artworks by World renowned botanical artist, Dr Auriol Batten. Dr Batten passed away in June 2015 and the Batten family approached us to capture paintings and pencil sketches that they have access to for preservation purposes and to make them accessible. The artworks included some of [...]

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By the end of March 2018 the 14-member Africa Media Online team resident in Alice, Eastern Cape and working in the National Heritage and Cultural Studies Centre (NAHECS) at the University of Fort Hare, had complete the digital capture of all the material assigned to them in the current phases of the ANC Archives digitisation [...]

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A recent global report has shown that while both Kenya and South Africa are shown to be “progressing” in terms of the assessment of the websites of some of their top heritage institutions, both countries are lagging behind severely in comparison to other nations when it comes to digitisation and making their digital archives accessible [...]

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