Reaching your audience digitally: Second webinar series

Following the success of webinars we ran toward the end of April under the theme of “Reaching your Audience Digitally”, we have decided to extend the series and will be running the following webinars: Preparing your material for upload to your digital archive – arrangement, standards and toolsDavid Larsen and Bandile Sizani Tuesday, May 26, 10 … Read More

Reaching your audience digitally: why a digital archive can make all the difference

A digital archive is not just a nice to have, an activity we should do simply for posterity’s sake without any real impact on the execution of the core vision and mission of an organization. Yet that is what it will always be for the decision makers in your organization unless you can ensure that … Read More

The Digitise Africa Trust

Some years ago, Africa Media Online was involved in establishing the independent not-for-profit Digitise Africa Trust. By January 2020, however, the Trust was fully operational with its own independent Board of Trustees and its own bank account. The Vision of the Digitise Africa Trust is to enable the digital preservation of and access to primary … Read More

Africa Media Online in Three-and-a-Half Minutes

Africa Media Online has recently been actively looking for investors to enable us to further develop our systems and also grow our reach across Africa and into other parts of the World in line with our vision of Africans telling Africa’s story. So we have needed to describe what we do in a nutshell. So … Read More

Announcing Preservatio

On March 1, Africa Media Online will be 20 years old. It has taken that full 20 years to develop what we are now calling, Preservatio, our vertically integrated digital preservation and access ecosystem. Below is an introductory video to Preservatio giving you an overview of the system. Before that, however, you may want to … Read More

Showcasing African Heritage Innovation on an International Stage

In the past year, I have had the honour and privilege of presenting some of the achievements we have accomplished here in Africa at some of the World’s leading heritage forums. IASA International Conference 2018, University of Ghana, Legon, Accra, Ghana At the beginning of October last year, I had the privilege of presenting at … Read More

Launching MEMAT 4

It has been several years in the making, but MEMAT 4 has finally been launched. Soft-launched to MEMAT 3 clients a year ago, there has been a significant amount of work to debug and to add a growing list of features. MEMAT 4 is the latest iteration of Africa Media Online’s archival digital repository system. … Read More

First IIIF Workshop in Africa, Heritage Digital Campus 2019 and Local Training

The first International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) event in Africa will be held on Thursday, September 26 and Friday, September 27, at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Pietermaritzburg Campus. IIIF is the new international standard for placing archival, museum and special collections online. Below is a short video from the recent IIIF international conference in at … Read More

MEMAT Metadata App Enables Remote Capture of Metadata

It’s been a long time coming, but it is finally here – the MEMAT Metadata App. We wanted to develop an online metadata application that could allow us to draw on experts all over South Africa and indeed, all over the World, to capture of metadata against digital files. The MEMAT Metadata App, which has … Read More

Artificial Intelligence, Blockchains and Other Innovations at CEPIC in Berlin

Innovation was high on the agenda at the largest gathering of media libraries and stock agencies in the World in mid-2018. CEPIC stands for the Coordination of European Picture Agencies Stock, Press and Heritage and aims to be the centre of the global picture industry. It is attended by the largest players in the industry … Read More