Niklas holds an MA(FA) and a BA(Hons) from the University of Cape Town, as well as a BA in education from the University of Cologne. His research MA on South African Jazz photography drew critical reflections on Fine Arts, Social history and Music. Before his employment at the Libraries in 2015, he 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. He has 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 his photographic art. He is 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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  • 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.
  • Persistent Identifiers for Open Scholarship
  • 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
  • Figshare case studies from UCT
  • Data discovery and re-use
  • Using Figshare: a quick demonstration for the ilifu user group
  • Research Data Management (RDM) with Digital Library Services (DLS): an introduction
  • 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?
  • Percival Kirby’s wax cylinders: elegy on archiving a deaf spot
  • The digital library in the re-inscription of African cultural heritage

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