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.

Josh Hadro, Managing Director of IIIF, presenting the vision of IIIF at the IIIF 2019 international conference in Göttingen, Germany. The vision represents significant interoperability for digital collections between institutions all over the World.

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.

David Larsen of Africa Media Online and Nikiwe Momoti former Head Archivist at Western Cape Archives and Chairperson of the South African Society of Archivists (SASA) at the end of a day-long workshop on digital archiving conducted as part of the SASA national conference 2019.

Bookings for the HDC 2019 can be made online by clicking on this link. Due to close on the 15th, bookings have been extended to midnight on Wednesday, 18 September 2019. You can find out more about HDC 2019 and the Preservation Conservation Conference 2019 by clicking on this link.

Bandile Sizani conducts a workshop on MEMAT 4 at St Andrew's College, Grahamstown (now Makhanda). Africa Media Online has been running workshops around South Africa as part of its roll out plan for MEMAT 4. At this workshop were archivists from NAHECS at the University of Fort Hare, ILAM and SAIAB at Rhodes University, St Andrew's College and Kingswood College.

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.

Participants at the SAMA Western Cape workshop on digital archiving in April 2019.