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 the University of Göttingen in Germany showcasing some of the wonderfully fun things that can be done with heritage in the digital world using IIIF. You can see why it is so revolutionary!
The IIIF Workshop forms part of Africa Media Online’s Heritage Digital Campus 2019 (HDC 2019) which is itself built around the Preservation Conservation Conference 2019 conference being run by UKZN Special Collections. Together these events present a unique opportunity to learn physical and digital archiving skills.
HDC 2019 comes on the back of training in digital archiving and in using and administrating MEMAT 4 taking off around the country. My colleague, Bandile Sizani, and I ran MEMAT 4 training events in Grahamstown (now Makhanda), Johannesburg and Pietermaritzburg. The Western Cape arm of the South African Museums Association (SAMA WC) got me to teach a day on Digital Archiving at the West Coast Fossil Park in May and Bandile and I presented a one-day workshop on digital archiving for the South African Society of Archivists (SASA) at their national conference in Ekurhuleni in July. The Forum for School Museums and Archives got me to run a workshop on digital workflow in June and we ran a free workshop for small museums in digital imaging in August.