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Graeme Cookson

Graeme Cookson is a UK-based digital imaging consultant and trainer who has done extensive work with organisations such as The National Gallery of Ireland, The British Library, The British Museum, Reuters, The Royal Horticultural Society, Oxford University Press, The Open University, The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and The Science Photo Library. Beginning his career doing camera work for prepress at a commercial printers in London, he went on to become a freelance photographer working with a range of London-based magazines as well as freelancing for The Times (London), BBC, and Channel 4. He also photographed museums and galleries in France and Germany for Yale University Press. He has been involved with Africa Media Online over a period of 8 years in running courses in digital imaging for media and heritage professionals in South Africa and other parts of Africa including the African Photo Entrepreneur programme in 2008 and Heritage Digital Campus in 2009 and 2012. Graeme was commissioned by the International Press and Telecommunications Council (IPTC) to create metadata panels for the IPTC Core, IPTC Extension and PLUS schemas so that the data fields can be viewed and edited in Adobe Bridge CS3, CS4 and CS5. He was also on the team that created the Shutha.org resource for professional photographers in the Majority World which was created by Africa Media Online in association with World Press Photo with funding from the Dutch Postcode Lottery. More recently he has been extensively involved in producing automated scripted workflows to ensure image submissions to picture libraries and archives meet required technical standards and counts the BBC among his clients in this regard.


Graeme Cookson teaching his course on ‘Digital Imaging Essentials’ during the Cape Town leg of the 2008 African Photo Entrepreneur Programme


Paul Changuion

Paul Changuion is an entrepreneur. He started a web design company called WildWeb in Johannesburg in 2000 after a 7 year career in the yachting industry. In 2001 Paul and a friend Hayden Phipps (www.haydenphipps.com) travelled across Africa together, paying their way through web development and photography for remote safari lodges. Their good work made an impression in the industry and over time they built up a solid client base. Paul now runs the company in Umhlanga and Ballito with his team of designers and website experts.  In addition to WildWeb, Paul also runs www.printwild.co.za which is one of South Africas top photographic print websites.

André Croucamp

André Croucamp is a media developer who has researched, written, designed and produced a variety of media including educational comics, games, textbooks, documentaries and museum exhibitions. He has worked extensively with organisations committed to creating innovative learning experiences, including Totem Media.

Examples of exhibitions he as worked on are:

▪    Origins Centre on Wits University campus, exploring the origins of human beings and human culture from southern Africa;

▪    Liliesleaf in Rivonia, commemorating struggle heroes and the underground of the 1960s with specific reference to those sentenced in the Rivonia Trial;

▪    Mphebatho Musuem in Moruleng, celebrating the history and culture of the Bakgatla –ba-Kgafela;

▪    the Woza eNanda Heritage Route in Inanda, exploring the roots of democracy in the early 20th century with specific reference to Inanda neighbours, John Dube, Mahatma Gandhi and Isaiah Shembe; and

▪    the Peacemakers exhibition in Mandela Square, Sandton, celebrating those South African’s who were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize (Albert Luthuli, Desmond Tutu, nelson Mandela and FW de Klerk).

André’s work often involves making sense of images in archives and finding ways to present them that are both responsible and stimulating. During the last two years he has actively promoted the much neglected archive of the Transnet Heritage Library, contributing to the decision to re-conceptualise it, digitise it and develop exhibitions with archival material from various railway authorities stretching back to 1860.

André has also developed a community archive training course together with Totem Media and in association with Patricia Liebetrau. The pilot of this course was facilitated with the Royal Bafokeng Nation in 2012. Together with Totem Media and Patricia he also currently involved in digitising the archive of Liliesleaf.

Jamaaludeen Khan

An acclaimed trainer and strategic consultant in social media an cloud computing, Jamaaludeen Khan offers a unique combination of in-depth knowledge of technology and insight into psychology and human behaviour. Jamaaludeen says:

“When I give talks relating to Social Media and Cloud Computing, many people expect technical training with step-by-step instructions of what to click on a screen. Although that might come later, that is not my initial focus. My aim is to make people understand why and how these technologies work, and why they’re so important. There are specific elements in psychology and human behaviour that are key in the success of networks like Facebook and Twitter. Understanding this will help us to use these networks more effectively, and to grow our… organisations.”

David Larsen

David Larsen is Managing Director of Africa Media Online. A fifth generation African with a background in journalism and photography, David founded Africa Media Online in 2000 with a mission to empower fellow Africans to tell Africa’s story from our own perspective and have that perspective compete in the international heritage and media marketplace. In pursuit of this passion, he has led Africa Media Online to develop a digital trade route connecting African archival collections to a world-wide audience. Having been actively engaged with the Heritage sector since 2005 David headed up the team that wrote the best practices for South Africa’s National Digitisation Policy. He has pioneered the development of the Heritage Digital Campus and the Shutha Digital Campus that have been run in various forms since 2005. David led the development of the Shutha.org resource for professional photographers in the Majority World and was an innovator behind  the Twenty Ten and African Image Pipeline projects. David is a regular speaker at conferences and workshops and under his leadership Africa Media Online has been involved a number of projects to digitise significant archival collections and build archival digital repositories. One of the most recent was the digitsation of the ANC Archives.

David Larsen, Managing Director of Africa Media Online, showing his set up for the capture of museum objects from the ANC Archives at the University of Fort Hare, Alice, Eastern Cape, South Africa. PHOTO: Graeme Cookson

David Larsen, Managing Director of Africa Media Online, showing his set up for the capture of museum objects from the ANC Archives at the University of Fort Hare, Alice, Eastern Cape, South Africa. PHOTO: Graeme Cookson

David Larsen addressing participants during the Johannesburg leg of the 2008 African Photo Entrepreneur Programme


Rosanne Larsen

Rosanne Larsen was part of the APEP team in 2008. In 2000 she founded Africa Media Online’s picture library and has overseen the expansion of Africa Media Online’s reach into markets in Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, and South America through its network of distributing agencies. A third generation Mozambican and Director of International Sales, Rosanne plays a pivotal roll in Africa Media Online on the interface between photographers who are supplying images and markets who want images.

During the Twenty Ten project Rosanne was instrumental in the design and development of Africa Media Online’s MEMAT 3.1 media management system which was used to power the Twenty Ten syndication web site selling use rights to the content produced. She is also responsible for distributing the content to Africa Media Online’s network of distributors around the world.

Patricia Liebetrau

Patricia Liebetrau currently runs her own company providing consulting services and training for media development in South Africa and beyond into Africa. Prior to this she was part of DISA (http://www.disa.ukzn.ac.za) which over a period of 10 years developed an extensive online digital repository of open access resources around South African heritage. These resources have assisted in new curriculum development and contributed to e-learning and e-research initiatives. Her skills and interests focus on research and implementation of digital technologies in creating information and knowledge resources for libraries, archives and memory organisations. Her area of specialisation is metadata and she was the first metadata librarian in South Africa. Leadership skills for professional development of librarians and archivists required for information management in a digital environment has increasingly becoming a focus of her current professional development.

Digital Project Management experience includes management of the digitisation of archival text documents from the ANC archive, South African Liberation Struggles material including archival text documents, retrospective digitisation of University student theses and digitisation of community archives material


Patricia Liebetrau teaching on the Heritage Digital Campus 2012 held at the NAHECS building at the University of Fort Hare. A number of participants rated her course 10 out of 10. PHOTO: David Larsen

Elijah Madiba

Elijah Madiba is Manager of the International Library of African Music (ILAM) Studio Services. Before coming to ILAM , he worked as a resident sound engineer for NMMU and as a studio engineer at a production company , Platinum Production. In 2002 he joined ILAM’s staff as a sound engineer and worked on the ILAM/Smithsonian Global Sound Project. He was appointed Manager of ILAM Studio Services and ILAM digitizing projects in 2006.

And has since managed the digitization of the entire ILAM audio collections which include the Hugh Tracey, Dave Dargie, Andrew Tracey and Jaco Kruger audio collections. In 2012 he also trained and managed the digitization of the ANC audio collection based at (NAHECS) at the University of Fort Hare. Elijah has a BMusi(ED)(2001) in Music Technology from the Univ. of Port Elizabeth.


ILAM’s Elijah Madiba at the ILAM Studio in Grahamstown during Project Antelope to Digitise the ANC Archive. PHOTO: David Larsen/Africa Media Online

Alastair Mason

Alastair Mason is the Technical Manager for Doxa Productions (http://www.doxa.co.za/) and has been intimately involved in building the technology for the Visual History Archive (http://www.visualhistoryexplorer.com/). In 2011 and 2012 Alastair headed up the team that digitised the video collection of the ANC Archives. He brings to participants significant experience in running video digitisation projects and teaching video digitisation. He was involved in the Heritage Digital Campus in 2012 running a course on Digitising Video and will be running the same course in 2013.



Alastair Mason (right) teaching a course in Digitising Video at the Heritage Digital Campus 2012 held at the University of Fort Hare, Alice, Eastern Cape, South Africa. PHOTO: David Larsen

Niall McNulty

Niall McNulty is an award-winning digital media consultant. Since 2008 Niall has been the digital manager for the Ulwazi Programme (www.ulwazi.org), an initiative of the eThekwini Municipality’s Libraries and Heritage department that uses the public library infrastructure, the community and Web 2.0 technologies to collect and disseminate indigenous knowledge and local history. The Ulwazi Programme has been a great success, coming runner-up at the 2012 Highway Africa New Media Awards – in the category ‘Community Engagement through Technology’ – and receiving over 20,000 visitors to the website a month.

Niall has also worked on projects with the Goethe Institut, the Luthuli Museum, the Universities of KwaZulu-Natal and Cape Town, and The National Museums of Kenya.
Niall McNulty
Niall McNulty providing some ICT training for the Rural Women’s Movement.


Sarah Saunders

Sarah Saunders runs the UK-based digital consultancy Electric Lane. The Electric Lane team advises organisations and businesses on image DAM solutions and workflows, including DAM system specification and procurement, project management, data handling and mapping, keywording and taxonomy implementation, user interface requirements, and image sales systems.

Sarah has worked extensively with clients in the heritage sector, helping organisations plan and implement online image archive systems. She works with the International Press and Telecommunications Council (IPTC) Photometadata Working Group to set standards for data embedded in the image file. The IPTC photo metadata standard is the most widely used standard in the world being built into all major software systems including Adobe, Microsoft, Apple and many others. Sarah has also worked with European image library association CEPIC on European Union projects ARROW Plus and RDI (Rights Data Interchange). She speaks regularly at IPTC conferences and has presented a number of times at Henry Stewart DAM Conference. Clients include Glasgow Museums, National Galleries of Ireland, Historic Royal Palaces, British Museum, BBC Worldwide and Royal College of Physicians.




Sarah Saunders taught masterclasses on the first Heritage Digital Campus that Africa Media Online ran in 2009

Tobias Schonwetter

Dr. Tobias Schonwetter is the Regional Coordinator for Africa for the Creative Commons Corporation, the legal lead for Creative Commons South Africa and a Principal Investigator for the Open AIR project, an African-wide research and capacity building collaboration on intellectual property law, innovation and development on the continent. He specialises in intellectual property, particularly the relationship between intellectual property and innovation.

Previously, Tobias was a Senior Manager – Technology and Innovation Law – at PwC South Africa and a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Cape Town’s Intellectual Property Research Unit. Tobias studied and practiced law in Germany, the U.S. and South Africa, and holds Ph.D. and LL.M. degrees from the University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa. Tobias has written numerous articles on copyright law and he has spoken at various national as well as international conferences.



Tobias Schonwetter teaching at Africa Media Online’s Heritage DIgital Campus 2009 held at the Iziko South African Museum. PHOTO: David Larsen

Grant Stott

Grant Stott is Director of First Coast Technologies a company that provides document digitisation solutions. They represent some of the leading brands of digitisation hardware in South Africa such as Mekel microfilm scanners and Zeutschel large format overhead scanners. With a background in business Grant has applied business efficiencies to the task of archiving. He brings to participants years of experience running a digitisation bureau as well as an insight into the technology and workflows required to digitally capture unusual materials.

René van Son

René van Son is a collections management and systems consultant at Vernon Systems Ltd’s South Africa office. He holds a degree in Museum Studies. For over a decade he has been a service provider to museums, archives and the heritage industry. René trains and supports Vernon’s clients including Freedom Park, East London and Klerksdorp museums, Unisa and Wits archaeology collections, and Mercedes-Benz Historical Collections.

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