In September the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) will be the venue for an event that explores the interface between heritage and cutting edge technology. The International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) is the emerging open standard for curating scientific and cultural heritage collections on the internet. Adopted by the World’s leading academic and heritage institutions including universities such as The University of Tokyo, Harvard, Oxford, Cambridge and Stanford, IIIF enables the rich display and interoperable sharing of image and media files across the internet opening a whole new level of engagement with heritage resources and collaboration for research and academic endeavour. This will be the first time that a IIIF event has been hosted in Africa.
Hosted by Africa Media Online and the Digitise Africa Trust, in Association with UKZN Special Collections, the IIIF introductory workshop forms part of the Heritage Digital Campus 2019. The Campus will be run during the week of Monday, September 23 to Friday, September 27 at the UKZN Pietermaritzburg campus before and after the UKZN Special Collections’ Preservation Conservation Conference 2019.
The Heritage Digital Campus provides specialist training for heritage professionals in digital archiving and digital curation. The training will run full day Monday, September 23, Tuesday, September 24 and Friday, September 27 with open sessions in the afternoons of Wednesday, September 25 and Thursday, September 26.
The Heritage Digital Campus is arranged around the University of KwaZulu-Natal Special Collections’ Preservation Conservation Conference 2019. To be held on the UKZN Pietermaritzburg Campus on Wednesday, September 25 and Thursday, September 26, the Conference will be run from 08h00 to 15h30. The Conference theme this year is “Disaster Prevention Preparedness, Response & Recovery of collective collections and e-collections (digitised & born digital images)”. Together, the Digital Campus and the Conference provide a full week of training and engagement on preservation and access for special collections in libraries, archives and museum collections.
Please Note: While normal registration for the Preservation Conservation Conference 2019 is now closed, delegates to the Heritage Digital Campus are still able to register for the Conference alongside their registration for the Campus.