The Nelson Mandela Digital Archive Project

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“But I can rest only for a moment, for with freedom come responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not yet ended.” (Long Walk to Freedom, Nelson Mandela)

While some of us are still arguing if Idris Elba is the right actor to play Nelson Mandela, Google has teamed up with The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory to bring Madiba’s archive online.

This project gives users around the world public access to the myriad information about the life of one of the greatest world leader of our time but, most importantly, it’s about  the preservation of “our cultural heritage and in particular our liberation heritage” as Paul Mashatile (Minister of Arts and Culture) said.

The Nelson Mandela Digital Archive Project contains more than 1900 documents which recount Mandela’s legacy making, as Naledi Pandor said, “his own intellectual property available to all”: from Mandela’s correspondence to his diaries, from his manuscripts to his notes.

Even though Google gave a $ 1.25 million grant to the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory to help preserve and digitize the documents, all the content on the archive is owned by the NMCN and “no ownership has been passed to Google” Verne Harris (Head of the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory) said.

The same grant was given by Google to the Desmond Tutu Peace Center for the digitization of Desmond Tutu’s archives.

Tata & Tutu’s legacy will now be digitally preserved forever!


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