Digital Divide Data Launches Key Initiative with Amazon Web Services and Intel to Create a Cloud Based Digital Archives Platform for the National Museums of Kenya

(New York, March 31, 2017).  Digital Divide Data (DDD), today announced a long-term strategic initiative, teaming with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Intel to digitize one of the largest collections of Archeology and Paleontology in the world at the National Museums of Kenya (NMK).

The first phase of the proposed project will involve digitization of culturally and historically significant artifacts and specimens, the creation of a digital archives platform, and an interactive website (“virtual museum”). The platform will be hosted on the AWS Cloud.

DDD is a recognized leader in providing content, digitization, and data science solutions to cultural heritage organizations. The project will leverage DDD’s expertise in large scale digitization and will be managed by DDD’s Kenya Operations with its recently established Cloud Services Center of Excellence.

Commenting on the project, Mr. Frank Heitmann, President, DDD said “this landmark collaboration is significant as it provides NMK with the tools to showcase its one-of-a-kind collections to the world and engage various stakeholders using the reach and flexibility of the AWS Cloud. It also provides DDD with the opportunity to provide competency based training to Kenyan youth in areas of digitization, cloud services, mobile technologies, and database administration. These skills are valuable next generation digital skills and is one of the core components of DDD’s Digital Skills 2.0 initiative. I want to personally thank AWS and Intel for sponsoring this initiative”.

About DDD

Since its launch in 2001, DDD’s pioneering model of Impact Sourcing has leveraged technologies in the developing world to improve lives while delivering a full suite of high-quality, competitively priced business process solutions to hundreds of corporate and institutional clients worldwide. Today, this ground-breaking social enterprise continues to provide professional opportunities to bright, disadvantaged young women and men at DDD’s offices in Cambodia, Laos, and Kenya. For more information, visit www.digitaldividedata.com

About NMK

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.