Google to assist digitise Nelson Mandela archives

Google has recently presented a R8.6 million grant towards the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory that will assist to preserve and provide unparalleled digital accessibility to an endless number of archival documents, photographs as well as audio-visual materials concerning the life and times of Nelson Mandela.


Google’s grant will be of assistance with regard to expanding the web based Mandela archive and also make it accessible to global audiences, scholars and researchers in the foreseeable future. The web based multimedia archive will comprise of Nelson Mandela’s letters and correspondence with family, comrades and friends, prison diaries along with notes he composed at the time he was leading the discussions that resulted in the termination of apartheid in South Africa.


“All of us are thrilled that Google has come on board to assist and make certain that our Mandela Portal develops into a world class reference point and supply of genuine and reliable information and facts about Madiba,” said Verne Harris, head of the Centre of Memory.

A grant of the identical size has additionally been made to the Desmond Tutu Peace Centre in Cape Town, intended for the documentation and digitisation of Desmond Tutu’s archives as well as an interactive digital learning centre.


Commenting on the initiatives, Luke Mckend, Country Manager for Google South Africa said, “Google would like to help bring the world’s historical heritage online, while the internet provides innovative solutions to preserve, protect and share this information.


“Our grants to the Nelson Mandela Centre and Desmond Tutu Peace Centre is going to assist the progress of new digital archives for South Africa’s history, providing the global public an unparalleled possibility to engage with the historical past of some of the most extraordinary and remarkable leaders of our time.”

Source: BuaNews, segue.atlas.uiuc.edu, nelsonmandela.org, tutu.org

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