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Thursday, October 4 • 09:00 - 09:30
Innovation to enable accessibility to the African National Congress Archives

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Since 2011, Africa Media Online has been involved in the digitisation of the African National Congress Archives at the University of Fort Hare in Alice, Eastern Cape, South Africa. While the archive is largely paper-based, there is a significant audiovisual component. The longevity and size of the project has enabled Africa Media Online to invest in technologies to capture material at the internationally accepted standards and also to innovate in the area of preservation of, and access to, the digital files. This paper will give insight into the innovations leveraged by Africa Media Online including digital preservation methodologies, the incorporation of an open source content management system (CMS), and the utilization of technologies developed as part of the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF). Africa Media Online has also developed an innovative platform for the outsourced capture of metadata for this and other digitisation projects in Africa that utilizes open standards and a thesaurus that we have been developing called the African Archival Thesaurus. Part of this initiative has been to build a community of volunteers around the platform called Metadata for Africa that we are hoping will enable access to underfunded and endangered African heritage resources.

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Janet Topp Fargion

Lead Curator, World and Traditional Music, British Library
Janet Topp Fargion is an ethnomusicologist with research interests in South Africa and the Swahili Coast. She graduated with a PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies in 1992. She joined the British Library in 1994 as Lead Curator of World and Traditional Music where she... Read More →

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David Larsen

Managing Director, Africa Media Online
David Larsen is Managing Director of Africa Media Online (AMO). Once a journalist and photographer David founded AMO in 2000 with the vision of enabling Africans to tell Africa’s story. AMO enables Africans to tell Africa's story by creating a digital trade route for African media... Read More →

Thursday October 4, 2018 09:00 - 09:30 GMT
Main Hall / Auditorium Department of Economics, University of Ghana, Legon

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