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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…