Google Puts up $1.25M to Digitize Mandela’s Archives

March 9, 2011  |  

(AP) — Internet search giant Google said it is working with the Nelson Mandela Foundation to publish thousands of never-before-seen documents belonging to the anti-apartheid icon through a $1.25 million grant given to Mandela’s foundation Tuesday.  The money will allow the foundation to scan more than 10,000 of Mandela’s personal records, including unreleased notes written during his 27 years of imprisonment for his fight against apartheid, Google spokesman Luke Mckend said. The database will be accessible for free on the Internet.  Achmat Dangor, the foundation’s chief executive, said anyone with a computer “from Timbuktu to New York” will be able to access documents about the 92-year-old Nobel peace laureate.

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