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Digitisation in the Public Eye


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Presentation at the LIFE-SHARE Project's Digitisation Collaboration Colloquium, in Sheffield, March 2011. Uploaded with permission.

Presentation at the LIFE-SHARE Project's Digitisation Collaboration Colloquium, in Sheffield, March 2011. Uploaded with permission.

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  • 1. Digitisation in the PUBLIC EYE
    James Robinson
    Gwen Jones
    The John Rylands University Library
  • 2. Digitisation in the PUBLIC EYE
    Aims and Objectives
    • to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of digitisation with a public audience
    • 3. the logistics of digitising in a public space
    • 4. methods of audience engagement
    • 5. the costs against value of digitisation with a public audience
  • Centre for Heritage Digitisation and Collection Care (CHICC)
    CHICC Aim:
    CHICC is a John Rylands University Library initiative to examine the demand for a regional Centre of Excellence for Heritage Digitisation, embedded within the University of Manchester.  We will establish partnerships with museums, libraries and archive repositories throughout the region, and beyond, to develop and test collaborative models for digitisation.  
    The chief outcomes will be a feasibility study and a business plan for offering digitisation services to the heritage sector and beyond.
  • 6.
    • Explore and test various business models and practices
    with external partners
    • Achieve economies of scale by competitively marketing our
    services and expertise
    • Develop a strategy for continuation and long-term sustainability
    of digitisation activities
    • Define best-practice for object-centred digitisation
    • 7. Expand our existing on-line content by hosting related materials
    held by other institutions
    • Fulfil JISC, Library and University strategic goals
    CHICC Project Objectives
  • 8. CHICC partners
    Chetham’s Library
    Brotherton Library
    Manchester Metropolitan University
    Manchester Museum
    CENGAGE learning
    The Folio Society
    National Trust Historic
    House Libraries - Townend, Tatton, Petworth
  • 9. Digitising
    Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales
    Petworth House, Sussex
  • 10.
  • 11. Digitisation Day
    at John Rylands Library
    • Free open day
    • 12. Wider audience
    • 13. New visitors
    • 14. Give advice on caring for items
    • 15. Promote service to public
  • Tatton Park, Knutsford
  • 16. Combining the strengths of UMIST and
    The Victoria University of Manchester
  • 17. Text
    Costs against Value
  • 18. Why would the Public be interested?
    • Everyone like to see behind the scenes!
    • 19. Items usually hidden away are out ‘on display’
    • 20. Digital technology allows a much closer look, from much further away
    • 21. Advice
  • Creating an Event
    • Increased visitor numbers
    • 22. Reaching out to a different demographic
    • 23. Reaching out to new audiences
    • 24. Media Interest - television and radio interviews
    • 25. Online media interest - using social media
    • 26. Building audiences for the future
    - blog subscriptions, twitter followers etc
  • 27. Interaction with Public - methods of audience engagement
    • Using another laptop with slideshow
    • 28. iPad
    • 29. Face to face interaction
    • 30. Live demonstrations
    • 31. Signage
  • Visual Resources
    • Handouts - information about what we are doing
    • 32. Handouts - information about the project
    • 33. Information about the venue
    • 34. Information about collections
    • 35. Use of audio visual media platforms
    • 36. Links to visit on the internet
  • Interactive Audio Visual Resources
    • Displaying images on an iPad
    • 37. Using another laptop to display images or powerpoint
    • 38. The iPad itself attracted interest from visitors
    • 39. Children’s engagement with the iPad
  • Security
    Digitisation of Special Collections usually takes place in a secure environment, when opening the process up to a public audience many factors need to be taken in to consideration.
    • Creating a barrier - look but don’t touch!
    • 40. Staffing levels - we identified three key needs; collection care,
    keeping the equipment safe, public engagement
    • Environment - a member of the collection care team monitored
    the humidity and temperature levels
    • Protecting the venue - creating a space for digitisation
    CC image by °Florian
  • 41. Conclusions
    • Beneficial for all parties
    • 42. Not without Costs
    • 43. Value outweighs cost
    • 44. Great promotion of services/collections
    • 45. Applying new technologies
  • Text
    What’s next....
    • Social Media
    • 46. Crowd-sourcing
    • 47. Follow on work e.g. facsimiles
    • 48. Interactive Exhibits
    • 49. Online Collection
    • 50. ‘Museum Experience’ for the Digital Age
  • 51. Thank you!
    Twitter; @chiccmanchester
    Combining the strengths of UMIST and
    The Victoria University of Manchester