Introduction to Digitisation

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The first in a series of presentations during a two-day workshop introducing digitisation to librarians and archivists in Kimberley. Organised by the Africana Library Trust.

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Introduction to Digitisation

  1. 1. Introduction to Digitisation<br />Workshop for the Africana Library Trust<br />30-31 March 2010<br />
  2. 2. Who died and made you expert?<br />
  3. 3. Who died and made you expert?<br />MSS & Archives since June 2000<br />Digital Imaging Project of South Africa (DISA) workshop on digitisation, September 2000<br />Digitising since 2001<br />Digital imaging projects<br />Scanning ‘on-demand’<br />2009: Carnegie Project<br />2010: Digital Initiatives Department<br />
  4. 4. Talks/Papers<br />Digitisation of glass plate negatives and lantern slides. Presentation to SAPCON West, October 2003<br />“Digitisation projects at the University of Cape Town Libraries” (with Lesley Hart). Innovation, vol.30 2005: 32-42<br />Digitisation as a means of preservation: a look at South African archives. Presentation to the National SAPCON AGM, July 2005<br />The value of digitising archival material. Presentation to South African Society of Archivists, October 2006<br />Snapshots of digitisation experiences at the UCT Manuscripts and Archives Department: pitfalls and triumphs. Presentation to LIASA WCHELIG group, 15 November, 2007<br />Different routes, same destination. Presentation to LIASA WCHELIG group, 29 May, 2008.<br />
  5. 5. I read therefore I am<br />
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  10. 10. I play, therefore I am<br />2 Personal blogs<br />Professional blog<br />Flickr Account<br />Facebook Account<br />Twitter Account<br />Online writer<br />Library newsletter<br />Etc, etc, etc, etc, etc, etc<br />
  11. 11. Introduce yourself<br /><ul><li>Name
  12. 12. Institution
  13. 13. Why are you here?
  14. 14. What do you hope to get out of the workshop?</li></li></ul><li>What is digitisation?<br />Conversion to machine-readable format of documents, photographs, music, books…<br />
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  16. 16. Why do we digitise? <br />
  17. 17. Why do you want to digitise?<br />
  18. 18. Why do we digitise?<br />Easier to send – via email/over the web<br />Makes material accessible to remote users<br />Easier to manipulate/include in other documents <br />It’s what users want – it’s the ‘language students are speaking now ’ <br />Preserves the originals<br />It’s a form of reformatting/backing up – think photocopying/printing…<br />

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