Invitation to Heritage Digital Campus in the Eastern Cape in March


DIGITISATION TRAINING FOR HERITAGE PRACTITIONERS – SIGN UP BY MARCH 5, 2012
I am thrilled to be able to invite you once again to our Heritage Digital Campus which we have run successfully in different parts of South Africa since 2005. This year it is the turn of the Eastern Cape.
Digitisation of collections is gaining momentum in South Africa on many levels. Now, more than ever, it is critical for the custodians of heritage collections to clearly understand the issues not just in running a digitisation project, but in building a digital archive.
It is for this reason that Africa Media Online has gathered a group of both local and international experts to give heritage practitioners the essential framework and base understanding upon which to evaluate options and make wise choices about the digital future of their collections as well as the technical skills and awareness of standards to ensure they build a quality digital archive.
Those giving the training will include UK based digital imaging consultant Graeme Cookson who will give an introduction to the digital world and teach an in-depth class on working with digital images. A brilliant trainer, he has enjoyed packed out classes in the past. He was also a co-author of the Shutha.org online resource creating the Digital Imaging course. Patricia Liebetrau formerly of Digital Innovation South Africa (DISA) will be teaching a class on the digitisation of documents. Alastair Mason from the Visual History Archive and Doxa Productions is an expert in video digitisation and there are a limited number of places in his track focusing on the digitisation of video. And I will be giving input on the 10 processes involved in building a digital archive as well as running a workshop on sustaining a digital archive.

Above: UK based Digital Imaging Consultant, Graeme Cookson teaching a masterclass during the 2009 Heritage Digital Campus held at the Iziko South African Museum in Cape Town. PHOTO: David Larsen
What is really unique about this training is that it will take place against the backdrop of a large-scale digitisation project. Together with our digitisation partners Visual History Archive and the International Library of African Music we are engaged in a large-scale digitisation project at the University of Fort Hare. The project involves the digitisation of documents, images, video and audio collections providing a unique training opportunity. It is for this reason the Heritage Digital Campus will be run at the Alice campus University of Fort Hare during the week of March 12-16 at the National Heritage and Cultural Studies Centre (NAHECS) and will involve training modules in the digitisation of documents, still images and video.
Space is limited so we would encourage you to book early. There is an early bird discount for bookings before Friday 24th February 2012:
Download the Heritage Digital Campus 2012 course outline
Download Heritage Digital Campus 2012 Booking Form v2
I look forward to seeing you at the Heritage Digital Campus.