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Doing digitisation

Preservation Advisory Centre Training Day

Friday 16 November 2012

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
11.00 Break
11.15 Pre-digitisation assessments
11.45 Equipment selection and set-up
12.15 Lunch
13.00 Imaging studio tour
Written exercise
Mobilising conservation
14.30 Discussion and questions
14.45 Break
15.00 Document preparation and handling
15.30 Image presentation, file management and sustainability
16.00 End