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Planning a digitisation project (full)

Preservation Advisory Centre Training Day

Tuesday 12 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 make sure you give your project the best chance of success? What do you need to think about at the outset to ensure the process is trouble-free?

This training day will help you plan a successful digitisation project with sustainable outcomes. It is focused on the digitisation of library and archive materials, though the principles are transferable to other formats. The day includes case studies which highlight different approaches to planning, managing and evaluating digitisation projects. The day covers:

  • How to articulate why digitisation is being carried out and how it supports your organisationís goals
  • Defining selection criteria for digitisation
  • Taking a lifecycle approach to project planning
  • Resources and digitisation workflows
  • Scale and speed: in-house or out-sourced?
  • Building digital preservation into a project from the beginning.


10.15 Registration
10.25 Welcome and introductions
10.30 Strategic alignment and selection criteria
11.30 Break
11.45 Lifecycle approach
12.15 Workflows
13.00 Lunch
13.45 Funding models, scale and speed
14.30 Case studies
15.30 Break
15.45 Sustainability and digital preservation
16.15 End

This day is complemented by the training day Doing digitisation on 13 November 2013 which addresses the practical aspects of undertaking digitisation such as equipment set-up; standards and formats; pre-digitisation assessments; document preparation and handling.