Nelson Mandela – a celebration of an icon’s life

Mandela’s life brought alive on Google

Tuesday 27 March 2012 15:39

Vuma Mthembu

Steve Crossan, Director of the Google Cultural Institute.

Steve Crossan, Director of the Google Cultural Institute.

The Nelson Mandela Digital Archive Project was officially launched at the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory this morning. The project which aims to tell stories of Mandela's life in a digital format is an innovative project conducted by Google South Africa in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Digital Archive.

The launch was recorded and broadcast live on Google+ for all Google communities all over the world to be able to be a part of the event. Director of the Google Cultural Institute, Steve Crossan, said that it is an honour and privilege to be in South Africa and that Mandela’s life is a very exciting project for him to be a part of.

According to the Google Cultural Institute, the project involves three layers and is made up of seven windows which give the user "the feeling of being in a museum."

My moment with the legend, early life, prison years and presidential years are amongst the categories of the seven windows of the project

The three layers consist of the archive layer, the narrative layer which has to do with the context of the project and is more of a background feeding layer and lastly the user story layer which is a layer that documents the memories that different people all over the world have of Mandela.

The three categories of the seven windows of the project include -- My moment with the legend, early life, prison years and presidential years amongst others.

Minister of Science and Technology Naledi Pando says that as many people as possible must have access to this archive.  The Google Cultural Institute has assured that the project will be accessed by many people. "This is just the beginning, the platform will continue to evolve and the project will be able to be accessed in more mobile devices in the near future."


 

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