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Doing digitisation (full)

Preservation Advisory Centre Training Day

Wednesday 13 November 2013

British Library Centre for Conservation
96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB
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Digitisation can increase access to collections, provide surrogates for vulnerable originals, enable virtual reunification of collections or reveal information not available to the naked eye. But how do you know where to start? What type of image should you create, what equipment do you need, how do you prepare items for digitisation?

This training day covers the practical aspects of undertaking digitisation. It is focused on the digitisation of library and archive materials, though the principles are transferable to other formats. The day includes guidance on image specification and file formats, condition assessments, choosing equipment and file management. It includes a tour of the British Library imaging studio.


10.00 Registration
10.10 Welcome and introductions
10.15 Image specification, file formats and metadata requirements
Jonathan Jackson, Natural History Museum
11.00 Break
11.15 Pre-digitisation assessments
Sarah Hamlyn, British Library
11.45 Equipment selection and set-up
Jonathan Jackson, Natural History Museum
12.15 Lunch
13.00 Studio tours
Mobilising conservation
14.45 Break
15.00 Document preparation and handling
Jane Pimlott, British Library
15.30 Image presentation, file management and sustainability
Jonathan Jackson, Natural History Museum
16.00 End

This day is complemented by the training day
Planning a digitisation project on 12 November 2013.