|One of Nelson Mandela's journals from his time in Robben Island prison. Photograph: Nelson Mandela Digital Archive Project|
Following a year-long effort, the Nelson Mandela Digital Archive Project is now available online. The new interactive multimedia archive documents the South African leader’s life, personal memories and commitment to social justice.
The project is an initiative of the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory (NMCM) and the Google Cultural Institute, which aims to help preserve and promote culture on the Internet. Google received a $1.25 million grant to collaborate with NMCM on the project last March. The digital archive project is a completely interactive experience. Users can navigate through pictures, video and text to learn more about Nelson Mandela and the different aspects of his life.
Divided into seven categories: Early Life, Prison Years, Presidential Years, Retirement, Books for Mandela, Young People and My Moments with a Legend.
Everything is set up to link to even more information, so audiences can see, for example, the source of a quotation, or even learn more about the process Mandela went through in writing his autobiography, A Long Walk to Freedom. It is truly a digital treasure trove of more than 1,900 documents, photographs and films, which allows readers to literally zoom in on his life.
On a recent trip to South we were once again reminded of what a proud and powerful presence Madiba still holds in the heart of South Africans and indeed all over the world. His smiling face is displayed across all sorts of fun, quirky and as always, innovative crafts. We've selected a few of our favourites to share with you.