Below are some references for digitisation work carried out by Africa Media Online:
Andrew Tracey, Professor Emeritus, International Library of African Music, Rhodes University, Grahamstown.
“Africa Media Online have made themselves responsible for digitising and cataloguing all the photographs. And there were many more than we had thought…. I am most grateful to the team, who have come here for two whole months, in a really professional way on mass. There must have been, I think, 11 of them in all. And they came here and took over the place completely and they worked long, long hours in two shifts. It was very professionally done.”
Sandile Miya, Deputy Director of KwaZulu-Natal Museum
“Africa Media Online was awarded a tender to digitize a collection of over 8000 historical photographs in the Museum Library in the year 2010. These photographs form part of a valuable and irreplaceable heritage resource of the country. This rich collection of photographic materials has been built up carefully since the formal inception of the Museum in 1904 (and prior to this, from 1850, when the early Museum was part of the Natal Society). Because of this, the photographs have to be treated with care, and by personnel with the necessary skills and experience of handling heritage objects.”
“With the demonstrated experience in handling such objects, Africa Media Online was the obvious choice for the work. I am happy to say that the company did not disappoint. The work was completed with professionalism and dedication.”
“The scope of work of the contract included the following:
Cataloguing and digitization – assign catalogue numbers using internationally accepted standards; scanning of up to 8000 images; digital retouching of 400 images in Photoshop; keywording of 400 images; and archival storage: set up a conducive environment for storing original images.
Website development and management – to host, market and sell the images through e-commerce.
Training and skills transfer to Museum Library staff.
Supply of digitization equipment/ hardware and software for continuous use by Museum staff.
Africa Media Online did not only complete the work in line with this scope of work, but went beyond this by offering continuous support after the work was completed.”
“I am happy to say that we were more than pleased with the work completed. I would therefore recommend Africa Media Online for any digitization work, especially in the digitization of heritage objects.”
Eddie McAlone, Technical Director, SuperSport, Multichoice South Africa and lead project manager on the ANC Archives digitisation project
“We have enjoyed a very good experience in our work with Africa Media On Line. At each stage of the project they provided valuable input into the requirements and resource planning. They provided specialist skills in terms of the archive systems and workflows. Their team of specialists on site were professional, diligent and hard working. The systems they provided were of a high quality, robust and capable of adaptation to meet the functionality required of our project.”
“I would advise that Africa Media Online can be trusted to provide archive consultancy that can be trusted. Their services and products are first class and reliable. Basically your project will be in safe hands!”
Robyn Gruijters, Archivist, Michaelhouse
“My experience of working with Africa Media Online has been professional and timeous execution. They are knowledgeable and informed in terms of trends, policies and latest archiving methods – particularly relating to digitisation. They may be pricey but are worth the money spent.”
“David Larsen has been of enormous help and assistance with the establishment of our digital repository. Apart from the digitisation work we have carried out with them, he has always been a great source of knowledge and can often recommend those who can best assist us.”
Further comments include:
“We picked a few hundred of the most precious images…. We transported the negatives to Pietermaritzburg and their team did a great job for us” – Prospero Bailey, Bailey’s African History Archive
“I’m favorably impressed. [The images] are very well scanned and cleaned” – Louise Gubb, Photojournalist
“We were pleased with the scanning service offered by Africa Media Online and would not hesitate to make use of them in future. The scans were of a high quality and timeously completed.” – Belinda Geyser, Photo Access Photo Library
“Am just back from my trip and received the DVDs thank you. A brief look at a few images has confirmed that you have done a very nice job scanning. I appreciate your service and will look to continue using your company in the future.” – Denny Allen, Professional Photographer
Digitisation forms a part of the Digital Trade Route provided by Africa Media Online.