A full report on the Digitisation Doctor workshop of April 15 is now available, along with many of the presentations given on the day. A brief summary of the day with links to presentations can be found below:
The introduction highlighted fundamental questions for those wishing to begin a digitisation project, with an outline of the most significant pitfalls and constraints.
A full overview of all the stages of a digitisation workflow and how to plan a project, including the key considerations of roles and responsibilities, logistics and file management.
An outline of the importance of conservation within the digitisation workflow and the approaches required. This talk also discussed actual examples, training and surveys.
An overview of the image capture process covering a range of imaging technologies and object formats, with different handling techniques also described.
A real-world project example describing the digitisation of the Fürer-Haimendorf archive, a visual documentation of tribal cultures in South Asia and the Himalayas.
Another real project example discussing the issues faced during the digitisation of the archives of scientist and doctor Carl Linnaeus.
A full discussion of what metadata is and approaches to its use. Different metadata standards were referenced and the methods for metadata creation.
This talk explored the process of using optical character recognition (OCR) to create searchable text from images, revealing when OCR is a viable option for digitised text.
Illustrated the challenge of maintaining the value of digital collections (or ‘assets’) within management systems and described the resources required to do so.
Provided guidance in what to think about when trying to maintain access to digitised content, starting from: how long are we planning on this material being available for?
Legal – Naomi Korn, Naomi Korn Copyright Consultancy
Gave an overview of the legal landscape for digitisation projects and explained how questions of copyright should be dealt with as part of a digitisation workflow.
Explored methods for managing the costs of digitisation and considered these costs in view of long-term commitments to sustainable access to digital collections.
Access – Katie Smith and Carolien Fokke, Collections Trust
This presentation introduced the Europeana portal for access to digitised content from across Europe, also discussing the Europeana Inside network and Partage Plus project.