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For three months in the middle of this year I had the amazing privilege of looking closer at natural history collections than I had ever looked before. I and my colleagues were able to see mind-expanding detail on the creatures – the hairs on the legs of a fly or the scratches on the exoskeleton [...]

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When we made the decision last year to invest in a medium format camera system we researched the major offerings in the market and settled on Phase One’s XF camera system with what was at the time the medium format digital sensor with the most megapixels in a single-shot system, the IQ3 80 Megapixel back. [...]

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The Heritage Digital Campus 2016 should have been called the Natural Heritage Digital Campus. With 10 participants from the Durban Natural Science Museum and the KwaZulu-Natal Museum, not only did the 5-day programme focused on building a digital collection of natural science specimens, but the event was also held at the Hilton Bush Lodge on [...]

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In January 2016 we had the privilege of working with The Brenthurst Library for a week digitizing a rare collection of papers of the last Commander of the Dutch garrison in the Cape, Robert Jacob Gordon. The project was a collaboration between The Brenthurst Library and the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. The Rijksmuseum have Gordon’s paintings and digitization [...]

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I had the privilege of being in New York in November 2015. I was there to attend a course being run by New York based company, Digital Transitions, in collaboration with Phase One. Phase One teamed up with Digital Transitions to take their exceptional quality camera technology available to the capture of heritage collections. In [...]

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Toward the end of last year we were excited to take delivery of a brand new Phase One XF camera with an 80-Megapixel CCD digital back. For some years now we have been looking to a more versatile high end medium format camera technology to our existing scanner technology . Camera technology generally has been receiving [...]

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We are excited to announce that during the course of 2015, 51% of the ownership of Africa Media Online passed into the hands of Not-for-Profit trusts set up for the benefit of formerly disadvantaged communities, which is very much in line with our overall vision to enable “Africans to tell Africa’s story.” A 26% stake [...]

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Michaelhouse’s innovative Archivist, Robyn Gruijters, showcased how she uses her digital archive and the benefit it has had for the wider Michaelhouse community. She was speaking at a conference at the ICC in Durban hosted by the KwaZulu-Natal Archives and Records service. If you can put up with the partially hand held recording I did [...]

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The Forum for School Museums and Archives is having a conference in Pietermaritzburg on Saturday February 28, 2015 at St Nicholas Diocesan School under the theme “Collections Make Connections.” For curators of museums and archivists as well as senior management in historic schools it is a wonderful opportunity to interact with colleagues from other institutions [...]

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This is the fourth post in a series that looks at steps toward building a digital archive. After an introduction to building a digital archive we looked at the Scoping process that aligns your goal of building a digital archive with the vision, mission and strategic objectives of your organisation, and the Screening process that [...]

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