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Digitisation Doctor workshop, 15 April 2013

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:

Introduction – Simon Tanner, King’s Digital Consultancy Service

The introduction highlighted fundamental questions for those wishing to begin a digitisation project, with an outline of the most significant pitfalls and constraints.

Workflows – Christy Henshaw, Wellcome Library

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.

Conservation – Gillian Boal and Matt Brack, Wellcome Library

An outline of the importance of conservation within the digitisation workflow and the approaches required. This talk also discussed actual examples, training and surveys.

Image Capture – Richard Everett, Wellcome Library

An overview of the image capture process covering a range of imaging technologies and object formats, with different handling techniques also described.

Imaging Studio, Wellcome Library

Imaging Studio at the Wellcome Library


Case Study 1 – Susannah Rayner, School of Oriental and African Studies

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.

Case Study 2 – Elaine Charwat and Andrea Deneau, Linnean Society

Another real project example discussing the issues faced during the digitisation of the archives of scientist and doctor Carl Linnaeus.

Metadata – Tristan Ferne, BBC Research & Development

A full discussion of what metadata is and approaches to its use. Different metadata standards were referenced and the methods for metadata creation.

OCR – Simon Tanner, King’s Digital Consultancy Service

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.


Simon Tanner

Simon Tanner, KDCS, introduced the day and shared insights into OCR


Systems – Mark Hedges

Illustrated the challenge of maintaining the value of digital collections (or ‘assets’) within management systems and described the resources required to do so.

Digital Preservation – William Kilbride, Digital Preservation Coalition

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.

Costs – Ed Fay, London School of Economics

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.


Matt Brack and Susannah Rayner

Matt Brack, Wellcome Library, introduces Susannah Rayner, SOAS

Matt Brack

Matt Brack was Digitisation Project Manager at the Wellcome Library.

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2 comments on Resources from Digitisation Doctor workshop now available
  • Renae Satterley


    One of the Wellcome presentations showed video of how different objects were photographed. I can’t seem to find it in the slideshare presentations. Has that been made available anywhere? Thanks.

    • Matt


      Unfortunately the videos created a presentation with such a large file size that we were unable to find anywhere that we could host this presentation in its entirety. Do feel free to contact us if you have specific questions about the imaging processes you saw.

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