Simon Tanner, King’s College London
T: @SimonTanner #rbscg13
Digitisation
Web Archiving
Collection Development
Material heritage
Intellectual
heritage
Digital Preservation
Virtual
her...
www.kdcs.kcl.ac.uk/innovation/inspiring.html
“Old Bailey Online reaches out to communities, such as family
historians, who are keen to find a personal history, reflect...
Effective, efficient and world leading
www.kdcs.kcl.ac.uk/innovation/inspiring.html
f. 23 detail
Bestowing economic & community benefits
www.kdcs.kcl.ac.uk/innovation/inspiring.html
Glasgow Museum's Collection is the ci...
People
Events
Places
Times
Concepts
Subjects, themes
Audience
Development
Access
Learning &
Education
Revenue
Research
Mak...
“the measurable outcomes arising from the existence of a
digital resource that demonstrate a change in the life or life
op...
www.kdcs.kcl.ac.uk/innovation/impact.html
www.kdcs.kcl.ac.uk/innovation/impact.html
With thanks to Alice Maggs for the Impact illustrations
alice.100@hotmail.com
Avoiding the Digital Death Spiral – how measuring value and impact can preserve our Special Collections in the digital age.
Avoiding the Digital Death Spiral – how measuring value and impact can preserve our Special Collections in the digital age.
Avoiding the Digital Death Spiral – how measuring value and impact can preserve our Special Collections in the digital age.
Avoiding the Digital Death Spiral – how measuring value and impact can preserve our Special Collections in the digital age.
Avoiding the Digital Death Spiral – how measuring value and impact can preserve our Special Collections in the digital age.
Avoiding the Digital Death Spiral – how measuring value and impact can preserve our Special Collections in the digital age.
Avoiding the Digital Death Spiral – how measuring value and impact can preserve our Special Collections in the digital age.
Avoiding the Digital Death Spiral – how measuring value and impact can preserve our Special Collections in the digital age.
Avoiding the Digital Death Spiral – how measuring value and impact can preserve our Special Collections in the digital age.
Avoiding the Digital Death Spiral – how measuring value and impact can preserve our Special Collections in the digital age.
Avoiding the Digital Death Spiral – how measuring value and impact can preserve our Special Collections in the digital age.
Avoiding the Digital Death Spiral – how measuring value and impact can preserve our Special Collections in the digital age.
Avoiding the Digital Death Spiral – how measuring value and impact can preserve our Special Collections in the digital age.
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Keynote address to The Future of the Past: Digitisation of Rare and Special Materials Conference.
Rare Books & Special Collections Group Conference
4th – 6th September 2013, Canterbury Cathedral Lodge, Canterbury

Title: Avoiding the Digital Death Spiral – how measuring value and impact can preserve our Special Collections in the digital age.
By Simon Tanner,
Digital Humanities,
King's College London
@SimonTanner

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Avoiding the Digital Death Spiral – how measuring value and impact can preserve our Special Collections in the digital age.

  1. 1. Simon Tanner, King’s College London T: @SimonTanner #rbscg13
  2. 2. Digitisation Web Archiving Collection Development Material heritage Intellectual heritage Digital Preservation Virtual heritage Web 2.0 / Interactive heritage Born digital Preservation & Conservation
  3. 3. www.kdcs.kcl.ac.uk/innovation/inspiring.html
  4. 4. “Old Bailey Online reaches out to communities, such as family historians, who are keen to find a personal history, reflected in a national story... Digital resources both create a new audience, and reconfigure our analysis to favour the individual.” Professor Tim Hitchcock, University of Hertfordshire “Digitised resources allow me to discover the hidden lives of disabled people, who have not traditionally left records of their lives. I have found disability was discussed by many writers in the Eighteenth Century and that disabled men and women played an important role in the social life of the time.” Dr David Turner, Swansea University www.kdcs.kcl.ac.uk/innovation/inspiring.html New areas of research enabled
  5. 5. Effective, efficient and world leading www.kdcs.kcl.ac.uk/innovation/inspiring.html
  6. 6. f. 23 detail
  7. 7. Bestowing economic & community benefits www.kdcs.kcl.ac.uk/innovation/inspiring.html Glasgow Museum's Collection is the city’s biggest single fiscal asset valued at £1.4 billion. It contains around 1.2 million objects. On average only 2% of the collection is exhibited to the public at any one time. Digital access is opening up further access to these collections. A major impact sought is to increase self-confidence in the populace – to feel less marginalised, less insignificant, less unheard. Increased feelings of self-worth through interaction with the Museums will spill over into every aspect of their lives. Digitised content & JISC Collections negotiations save the sector ~£43 million per year
  8. 8. People Events Places Times Concepts Subjects, themes Audience Development Access Learning & Education Revenue Research Making Collections Visible Marketing Conservation Web 2.0 Exhibition
  9. 9. “the measurable outcomes arising from the existence of a digital resource that demonstrate a change in the life or life opportunities of the community” www.kdcs.kcl.ac.uk/innovation/impact.html
  10. 10. www.kdcs.kcl.ac.uk/innovation/impact.html
  11. 11. www.kdcs.kcl.ac.uk/innovation/impact.html
  12. 12. With thanks to Alice Maggs for the Impact illustrations alice.100@hotmail.com

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