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Mandela digital archive established

By on March 30, 2012

A digital archive documenting the former South African President Nelson Mandela’s life has been established on the Internet.
It is an extensive archive where scholars and researchers get access to almost 2 000 entries.
One example of the material includes images of the cell on Robben Island, where Mandela spent many of his 27 years in jail.
Google has funded the project and announced last year that they would sponsor with £790,000. Mark Yoshitake who manages the project said, “we believe in the power of digital technologies in bringing the legacy of Madiba [Mr Mandela’s clan name] to the masses.”

The archive also includes handwritten documents, such as notes from political negotiations and Church membership cards from 1929.

Its content is held in the Nelson Mandela Foundation Centre of Memory in Johannesburg but is also accessed, free of charge, from anywhere else in the world.


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