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Planning for Success: Surviving and Thriving through understanding the Value of Digitisation

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Public lecture given for the Medieval and Modern Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age (MMSDA) 2014, Cambridge, UK.

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Planning for Success: Surviving and Thriving through understanding the Value of Digitisation

  1. 1. the application of digital technology to humanities disciplines reflection upon the impact of digital media upon humanity www.kcl.ac.uk/ddh/
  2. 2. Memory organisations are where a community nourishes its memory, imagination & creativity. Where it connects with the past & invents its future.
  3. 3. We will compete: for attention, for eyeballs on our collections and resources, for time and energy from our communities.
  4. 4. www.kdcs.kcl.ac.uk/innovation/inspiring.html
  5. 5. “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
  6. 6. Effective, efficient and world leading www.kdcs.kcl.ac.uk/innovation/inspiring.html
  7. 7. f. 23 detail
  8. 8. Digitising the Dead Sea Scrolls
  9. 9. Spectral Classification Use of complete spectrum separates ink, parchment, backing and background
  10. 10. 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
  11. 11. Interdisciplinary & collaborative www.kdcs.kcl.ac.uk/innovation/inspiring.html
  12. 12. Some top tips for successful digital projects
  13. 13. FEASIBILITY handling variation accurate information catalogues & indexes copyright & IPR skills time to plan infrastructure preservation benefits
  14. 14. IT DEPENDS... Nature of the originals Types of content Information & access needs
  15. 15. “Planning is an unnatural process. It is much nicer to just get on with the job: failure then comes as a complete surprise instead of being preceded by a period of worry and doubt.” Sir John Harvey-Jones Technology projects usually fail because: 32% - inadequate project management & control 20% - lack of communication 17% - failure to define objectives 17% - lack of familiarity with project scope & complexity 14% - incorrect technology & project size Figures courtesy of KPMG
  16. 16. Discovering Annotating Comparing Referring Sampling Illustrating Representing Scholarship From John Unsworth’s Scholarly Primitives
  17. 17. The advantages of setting your data free
  18. 18. http://www.kdcs.kcl.ac.uk/innovation/impact.html
  19. 19. With thanks to Alice Maggs for the Impact illustrations alice.100@hotmail.com

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