From Black Web 2.0 – Google is working with the Nelson Mandela Foundation to publish more than 10,000 of Mandela’s personal records. They will donate $1.25 million to the foundation so that these never-before-seen documents can be scanned and published.
“If you look at all the people talking about peace with the protests right now, there’s got to be some message we can extract from these documents.” — Daniel Lederman, Google’s director of new business development for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Google spokesman Luke Mckend says These personal records from Mandela span much of his life, including his 27-year imprisonment for fighting against apartheid. The database will eventually be freely accessible on the Internet. Mckend says Google joined the project because they have the capacity and infrastructure to not only preserve historical heritage, but also leverage the potential in classrooms.