Thursday, April 20, 2017

National Museums of Kenya partner with Amazon Web Services and Intel to digitize fossils and artifacts

The National Museums of Kenya (NMK) have announced a long-term strategic initiative, teamed with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Intel, to digitize marquee collections in Earth Sciences, starting with Archeology and Paleontology.

The first phase of the proposed project will be to digitize a selected number of Kenya’s premier fossils and culturally significant artifacts, and to create an open access digital database and interactive website for a “virtual museum.” The platform will be hosted on the AWS Cloud. Digital Divide Data (DDD), a non-profit enterprise with expertise in digitization of cultural heritage collections, also partners with NMK on this initiative.

In the words of Dr. Mzalendo Kibunjia, Director General of NMK, “These collections are reflections of Kenya’s heritage and the world’s prehistory through the ages. The searchable digital archive will not only be of immense value to researchers worldwide, but will also make our evolutionary history and culture more accessible to the younger generations which would foster a deeper and richer understanding of our heritage. I want to thank AWS and Intel for teaming with us on this initiative and look forward to working with DDD.”

The National Museums of Kenya (NMK) is a state corporation of the Government of Kenya. NMK is a multi-disciplinary institution whose role is to collect, preserve, study, document and present Kenya’s past and present cultural and natural heritage. NMK manages over 22 regional museums, many sites, and monuments across Kenya including the world-famous Nairobi National Museum. Founded in 1910, NMK hosts the largest record of human cultural evolution in the world.

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