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Digitising archives at the National Gallery of Ireland – Leah Benson

Digitising archives at the National Gallery of Ireland – Leah Benson

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  • Project Aims
    • The aims of the project were to:
    • Protect the material physically
    • Make the material more accessible to researchers and the public in general
    • Identify relationships between separate collections and parts thereof
    • Facilitate new research and interpretation of the material
    • Establish an online presence for the collections
  • Criteria
    • Category /10
    • Technical Ability
    • Front End
    • Back End (Quality Assurance/Workflows)
    • Functionality
    • Interoperability
    • Standards/Cataloguing/Data Models
    • Internet Protocols
    • Hardware/IT Image Capabilities
    • Project Management
    • Technical Support
    • Customer Service
    • References
    • TOTAL /120
  • Mandatory Requirements
    • These included:
    • Manage all media types
    • Creation of sub-records relating images within a main record
    • Associate multiple images with individual records
    • Accommodate international standards
    • Accommodate multiple users
    • Allow Administrators to hide confidential information
    • Produce reports/statistics
    • Accommodate workflow
    • Support complex and hierarchical record links through indexes
  • Authority Controls
    • The system had to:
    • Allow for the development of thesauri
    • Accommodate the import and export of data from other applications
    • Allow for the linking of indexes during cataloguing and the insertion of relevant subject headings
  • General
    • Be able to deal with multiple sites/collections where searchers can be limited to searching the holdings of one particular collection
    • Be flexible and develop in accordance with the changing needs of the collections
    • Allow for the expansion of the collection
    • Allow for the import and export of records
  • Additional Requirements
    • Allow for image manipulation (Zoom, rotate, invert, click on elements of a particular image…)
    • Support all standard image formats and be able to upgrade according to advances in technology
    • Be compatible with standard image editing applications
    • Facilitate the protection of images (eg. By encryption, watermarks, banners etc…) in individual records but allow this to be disabled according to administration privileges.
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  • End Result
    • Front-end re-design - √
    • Focus on a web presence - √
    • Copyright clearance - Ongoing
    • Selection of collections - Ongoing
    • Staffing for future projects – Ongoing with difficulty…
    • Lessons learned…