Digital Campus Trainers
All our trainers are actively working in the area of digitisation and digital archiving
Dr Nicki Kirby is an educator by profession; she was a lecturer at the University of KwaZulu-Natal for over 15 years, working primarily in the area of alternative access to Science for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. With a PhD in Education, she has also been very involved in teacher-training over the years. Her academic and research background proved useful when moving on to manage the African National Congress Archive Metadata Project for Africa Media Online, after which she worked as a project manager for AMO, managing a wide range of digitisation and archive arrangement projects. She has recently moved out of project production at AMO to focus on the development of various aspects of the business, in particular those related to metadata systems and standards.
David Larsen BA (UCT), DipCS, MCS (Regent College) founded Africa Media Online in March 2000. Since then he has pioneered non destructive preservation quality digitisation and long-term digital archiving in South Africa. He led the team that wrote the best practices for South Africa’s National Policy on the Digitisation of Heritage Resources and has led the development of Preservatio, Africa’s first digital preservation repository system. David has presented papers at leading conferences in Africa and around the world including at the IIF conference at the Library of Congress, Washington DC, IASA conference at the University of Ghana, Legon, Accra, 2+3D Photography: Practice and Prophecies conference at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. He also pioneered Africa Media Online’s Heritage Digital Campus which has been run around the country in collaboration with institutions such as the National Library of South Africa, Iziko Museums of South Africa, the University of Fort Hare and the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Deon Schutte worked as a freelance typesetter in the educational publishing industry in South Africa for many years. In 2018 he completed his B.INF (Bachelor of Information Science) through the University of South Africa and his B.INF Honours in 2019. Deon is a MPhil (Master of Philosophy, specialising in Digital Curation) candidate at the University of Cape Town. He serves as the Chair of the Association of Southern African Indexers and Bibliographers and is a Fellow of the South African Chefs Association. He works at Africa Media Online as project manager of a production team that is busy arranging and digitising the extensive archive of one of the prominent politicians of the anti-Apartheid struggle.
Bandile Sizani has a background in running a web design company. Starting out in assisting Africa Media Online with supporting clients in their use of their Memat web interfaces to their Preservatio digital repositories, Bandile now oversees operations in the company as the Operations Manager. He also spearheads client training on the Memat web interface and brings to any training session a significant understanding of both WordPress and Memat.