My Leicestershire Digital Archive: the Leicestershire Industrial History Society perspective

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A presentation by Keith Drury of the Leicestershire Industrial History Society at the My Leicestershire Digital Archive end of project workshop, 31 March 2011

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  • How we got involved, May 2010, & listing of events involving LIHS to Feb 2011
  • MLDA corresponds well to LIHS objective re information digitisation and storage. Adds an ‘exposure to the user-world’ aspect, which is good. Appreciate any ‘shop window’ for LIHS.
  • Bulletin articles, being illustrated articles, should be good material for MLDA. But they can need substantial work to put them into a form which is usable with the MLDA format, and to prepare metadata.
  • Bulletin example
  • All catalogued. BUT images don’t normally belong to LIHS – licenced to us
  • CyPics catalogue
  • I’ve taken part in and managed several projects in industry, including I.T. subjects. This project well carried out – mechanistically, anyway - and impressed by University team. Just the nagging feeling that users should be involved in all these schemes, right from start. VERY surprised that ContentDM not yet crawlable by Google bots: that is the way for the future (whichever the search engine). A USER point again. So intro & training fine Permissions: arduous to present to so many different people. Didn’t think a socially-based Society could use only the formal and distant original Uni document, and was sure very few people appreciated implications of Creative Commons. So essential to explain – particularly as most of our material is ‘loaned’/licenced to LIHS. Submitting material: once understand what all the metadata parameters are to be used for, not a problem – though ‘dates’ field still silly IMO. Uploading: still the issue of PDFs not uploading properly, and, once on the site, being slow to use, as no caching allowed for. I’d feel it’s better to accept (if it’s warned about) a long download, rather than suffer continual slow page-turning. E-books have proved that, as the slow page-turning is killing the Sony contender. If DON’T do that, some documents will need re-writing. E.g. Dennis Calow’s ‘Home from Home’, where page 2 says ‘see pic on page opposite’. But pic takes 33 seconds to upload Website is OK, though v2 Beta has some detail issues.
  • USERS must be emphasis. They can help steer direction/content of future work much better than us trying to guess for them. Understandably it’s been a PUSH project so far, but needs to become – like all services – a PULL activity: serve not inflict upon LIHS – crass message, but fact. May not be present participants who deal with MLDA in future, so need Help system – also will need updating for CONTENTdm v6. Inputters should be advised on how to prepare material – which may need heavy re-writing for text + illustrations stuff Full help system to describe suitable objects for submission – and for whom they are believed to be useful (if you know your user, you can tailor what you include and how you write metadata) preparation of objects to be suitable for use with MLDA (size of images, reformatting of text esp. text/image mixes; assigning meaningful filename [e.g. for film FN = “1935 Coronation Procession.wmv” not “25.wmv”. Remember users are invited to download the files, so need meaningful filenames. OR IS THIS AN MLDA idiosyncracy – LIHS F/N are ALSO e.g. 35.wmv] purposes of, and examples of use of metadata mechanics of inputting/ submitting New website front-end needs work to make easily usable. Value of some of its content questionable. Some bits don’t work. (See email to Ed Kirkland.) Again, needs USER feedback to see how it meets real USERS’ needs
  • My Leicestershire Digital Archive: the Leicestershire Industrial History Society perspective

    1. 1. The LIHS Perspective <ul><li>My Leicestershire Digital Archive Wrap up Workshop </li></ul><ul><li>31 March 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>experiences with MLDA </li></ul><ul><li>Keith Drury </li></ul><ul><li>Leicestershire Industrial History Society </li></ul>
    2. 2. Content <ul><li>LIHS’s route to participation in MLDA </li></ul><ul><li>deciding material to submit; digitisation </li></ul><ul><li>work with MLDA Project Team </li></ul><ul><li>future </li></ul>
    3. 3. participation in MLDA <ul><li>“ The University’s got some money ….” </li></ul><ul><li>LIHS digitisation involving KD and WF </li></ul><ul><li>meeting with Project </li></ul><ul><li>training </li></ul><ul><li>inputting material </li></ul><ul><li>KD to Steering Group </li></ul><ul><li>participate in User Testing </li></ul>
    4. 4. deciding material to submit; digitisation
    5. 5. deciding material to submit; digitisation <ul><li>text & image publications </li></ul><ul><li>- Newsletter </li></ul><ul><li>- Bulletins </li></ul>
    6. 6. deciding material to submit; digitisation
    7. 7. deciding material to submit; digitisation <ul><li>text & image publications </li></ul><ul><li>- Newsletter </li></ul><ul><li>- Bulletins </li></ul><ul><li>image archive </li></ul>
    8. 8. deciding material to submit; digitisation
    9. 9. deciding material to submit; digitisation <ul><li>text & image publications </li></ul><ul><li>- Newsletter </li></ul><ul><li>- Bulletins </li></ul><ul><li>image archive </li></ul><ul><li>film archive </li></ul>
    10. 10. Work with MLDA Project <ul><li>introduction; training for inputting </li></ul><ul><li>permissions </li></ul><ul><li>submitting material </li></ul><ul><li>MLDA website </li></ul>
    11. 11. future (after enforced care & maintenance phase) <ul><li>users </li></ul><ul><ul><li>get more </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>seek feedback; find out just WHAT needs/interests are. This will show just what objects & metadata to describe them, are most useful </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ethnic community interest?? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>more LIHS input? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>material is there </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>but effort to input it isn’t (at present) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>more justification (from user feedback?) would help </li></ul></ul><ul><li>if more non-Uni inputting intended, need full help system </li></ul>
    12. 12. The LIHS Perspective <ul><li>My Leicestershire Digital Archive Wrap up Workshop </li></ul><ul><li>31 March 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>experiences with MLDA </li></ul><ul><li>Leicestershire Industrial History Society </li></ul>

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