I hold an MA(FA) and a BA(Hons) from University of Cape Town, as well as a BA in education from University of Cologne. My research MA on South African Jazz photography drew critical reflections on Fine Arts, Social history and Music. Before my employment at the Libraries in 2015, I worked as digitisation manager at the Centre for Popular Memory (UCT), as an art teacher, heading the Visual Arts Department at the German International School Cape Town, and as an archivist at the Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany. I have maintained a richly diverse freelance career, including lecturing in theory and discourse of art and critical studies, giving workshops in video, sound and photography, as well as writing reviews, exhibiting my photographic art. I am part of the AfricArxiv team, providing a non-profit platform for African scientists to upload their working papers, preprints, accepted manuscripts (post-prints), and published papers.


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  • https://uct.academia.edu/NiklasZimmer
  • https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Niklas_Zimmer
  • https://academic.microsoft.com/#/profile/NiklasZimmer
  • https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Niklas_Zimmer
  • Niklas Zimmer (2015) Percival Kirby’s wax cylinders: elegy on archiving a deaf spot, Social Dynamics, 41:1, 101-123, DOI: 10.1080/02533952.2014.988931
  • Peters, D., Brenzinger, M., Meyer, R., Noble, A., & Zimmer, N. (2015). The digital library in the re-inscription of African cultural heritage. IFLA Journal, 41(3), 204–210. https://doi.org/10.1177/0340035215603990
  • https://herri.org.za/4/niklas-zimmer/
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  • Persistent Identifiers for Open Scholarship
  • Doing Digital Scholarship with DLS: The Motivations
  • Building Research Data Services at University Libraries in South Africa: An offering of resources towards our communities of practice
  • Lost & found: some issues that digital preservation seeks to address
  • Approaching Digital Preservation at Scale: A Pilot Programme at UCT Libraries
  • Setting up and linking your academic profiles online
  • The case of using microsatellite genetic data to rescue an isolated indigenous African lion population at the Hluhluweimfolozi Park in Kwazulu Natal Province, South Africa
  • The Zamani Project
  • Figshare case studies from UCT
  • UCT Open Data Day 2020 - Event Schedule
  • EDUBASE: Education for Black South Africans
  • Data discovery and re-use
  • Illustrations, part of the figures from the MA(FA) thesis ‘Jazz Contacts: Envisaging Basil Breakey’s photographic remains beyond the archive'.
  • Interview with Louis Moholo-Moholo, Cape Town, 02.01.2012
  • Interview with Basil Breakey, Cape Town, 25.02.2011
  • Interview with David Goldblatt, Cape Town, 04.03.2011
  • UCT Open Data Day 2019_Event schedule (1).pdf
  • Using Figshare: a quick demonstration for the ilifu user group
  • ilifu outputs
  • Research Data Management (RDM) with Digital Library Services (DLS): an introduction
  • Interview with Paul Weinberg, Cape Town, 24.08.2010
  • Interview with Tina Smith, Cape Town, 06.01.2011
  • NeDICC - Identifiers for Everything
  • RDM support for data management, digital collaboration and data publishing at UCT Libraries
  • Research Data Management (RDM): What now for research administrators and PASS staff?
  • Using private links for supervision
  • Interview with Rashid Lombard, Cape Town, 23.03.2010
  • Interview with Peter McKenzie, Cape Town, 23.08.2010
  • Interview with Rafs Mayet, Cape Town, 07.04.2010
  • Interview with Steve Gordon, Cape Town, 15.03.2011
  • Percival Kirby’s wax cylinders: elegy on archiving a deaf spot
  • Jazz Contacts
  • The digital library in the re-inscription of African cultural heritage
  • Review Article
  • figshare field trip to UCT

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