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Digitization

The digitization service is a new initiative in line with international best practice, creating digital records of materials for both preservation and access. Digital preservation involves a variety of technical approaches or strategies for ensuring that publications in digital form are retrievable, readable and consistently usable over time, for as long as they are needed. It requires a long-standing institutional commitment and significant leadership in developing appropriate definitions and standards for digital preservation.

The National Library is a partner with the National Digital Imaging Project of South Africa(DISA) on a project entitled South Africa's Struggle for Democracy: Anti-Apartheid Periodicals, 1960-1990 in which digital copies are being made of scarce periodicals published during the three key decades in the growth of opposition to apartheid rule, a period when the African National Congress (ANC), black consciousness, and other resistance movements were very active. Approximately forty periodical titles have been selected from a comprehensive list, representing not only a wide spectrum of political views published during these years, but also a diversity of subjects such as trade unions, religion, health, culture, and gender.

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Antenie Carstens
Tel 021-487-5617

Isaac Nkadimeng
Tel 012-401-9790

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