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@SimonTanner
Democratisation of
Collections through
Digitisation
Simon Tanner
Department of Digital Humanities,
King’s Col...
Digital Humanities:
the application of digital technology to humanities disciplines
reflection upon the impact of digital ...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tp4y-_VoXdA
Digital Humanities methods for historical analysis of
Irish Immigrants in 19th ...
@SimonTanner@SimonTanner
www.kdcs.kcl.ac.uk/innovation/us-art.html
Charging Models & Rights Strategy for Images in Museums
@SimonTanner@SimonTanner
www.kdcs.kcl.ac.uk/innovation/inspiring.html
Inspiring Research, Inspiring Scholarship
@SimonTanner@SimonTanner
www.kdcs.kcl.ac.uk/innovation/impact.html
The Balanced Value Impact Model
The purpose of digitisation:
to educate, enlighten & entertain
Memory organisations are where a
community nourishes its
me...
“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
Bringing
collections out
of the dark
f. 23 detail
Digitising the
Dead Sea Scrolls
Spectral Classification
Use of complete spectrum separates
ink, parchment, backing and background
Bestowing economic & community benefits
www.kdcs.kcl.ac.uk/innovation/inspiring.html
In 2008 National Museums Liverpool di...
“The Freeze Frame archive is
invaluable in charting changes
in the polar regions. Making the
material available to all wil...
http://simon-tanner.blogspot.co.uk/2012/01/when-crowdsourcing-was-called.html
Telecrofting - a tale of Puffins
Shetland Is...
@SimonTanner@SimonTanner
“You want a massive digital collection: SCAN THE STACKS!...
You agonize over digital metadata and...
@SimonTanner@SimonTanner
“Michelle Pickover, curator of manuscripts at the
University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa...
Discovering
Annotating
Comparing
Referring
Sampling
Illustrating
Representing
Scholarship
From John Unsworth’s Scholarly P...
Reason 1: digital humanities digital
research resources are
recognised
Reason 2: digital humanities
enhances the research
...
@SimonTanner
Democratisation of
Collections through
Digitisation
Simon Tanner
Department of Digital Humanities,
King’s Col...
Democratisation of Collections through Digitisation.
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Public lecture: Democratisation of Collections through Digitisation. The talk will be delivered by Simon Tanner, Senior Tutor in the Department of Digital Humanities, King’s College London, and Founding Director of King’s Digital Consultancy Services.
In his talk Simon will explore how accelerating access to unique and distinct library content activates new areas of scholarship and teaching. He will also offer his insight, based on his extensive experience in the area, into the successful collaboration between Libraries, Academic Support areas and Digital Humanities scholars

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Democratisation of Collections through Digitisation.

  1. 1. @SimonTanner Democratisation of Collections through Digitisation Simon Tanner Department of Digital Humanities, King’s College London Twitter: @SimonTanner 05/02/2015 01:25 ENC Public Talk 19 February 2013 1
  2. 2. Digital Humanities: the application of digital technology to humanities disciplines reflection upon the impact of digital media upon humanity > 50 academics & researchers ~ £2.5 million research income per annum >5 million digital objects, 130+projects 200+million hits over 5 years: 2009-2013 www.kcl.ac.uk/ddh/
  3. 3. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tp4y-_VoXdA Digital Humanities methods for historical analysis of Irish Immigrants in 19th Century London, England
  4. 4. @SimonTanner@SimonTanner www.kdcs.kcl.ac.uk/innovation/us-art.html Charging Models & Rights Strategy for Images in Museums
  5. 5. @SimonTanner@SimonTanner www.kdcs.kcl.ac.uk/innovation/inspiring.html Inspiring Research, Inspiring Scholarship
  6. 6. @SimonTanner@SimonTanner www.kdcs.kcl.ac.uk/innovation/impact.html The Balanced Value Impact Model
  7. 7. The purpose of digitisation: to educate, enlighten & entertain Memory organisations are where a community nourishes its memory, imagination & creativity. Where it connects with the past & invents its future.
  8. 8. “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
  9. 9. Effective, efficient and world leading www.kdcs.kcl.ac.uk/innovation/inspiring.html
  10. 10. Bringing collections out of the dark
  11. 11. f. 23 detail
  12. 12. Digitising the Dead Sea Scrolls
  13. 13. Spectral Classification Use of complete spectrum separates ink, parchment, backing and background
  14. 14. Bestowing economic & community benefits www.kdcs.kcl.ac.uk/innovation/inspiring.html In 2008 National Museums Liverpool did a full economic impact assessment. They found that: "during the Capital of Culture period, 25% of all visitors to Liverpool visited the Walker Art Gallery, 24% visited the Merseyside Maritime Museum and 15% visited World Museum, while about 5% of visitors only visited a National Museums Liverpool venue and no other attraction during their visit. In total, National Museums Liverpool is reliably estimated to be worth £115 million to the economy of the Liverpool city region, a spend that supports 2,274 full-time jobs“ www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/about/corporate/reports/EIS_summary_2008.pdf
  15. 15. “The Freeze Frame archive is invaluable in charting changes in the polar regions. Making the material available to all will help with further research into scientific studies around global warming and climate change” Pen Hadow, Polar Explorer Interdisciplinary & collaborative www.kdcs.kcl.ac.uk/innovation/inspiring.html
  16. 16. http://simon-tanner.blogspot.co.uk/2012/01/when-crowdsourcing-was-called.html Telecrofting - a tale of Puffins Shetland Isles Museum and Archives http://photos.shetland-museum.org.uk/
  17. 17. @SimonTanner@SimonTanner “You want a massive digital collection: SCAN THE STACKS!... You agonize over digital metadata and the purity thereof... And you offer crap access. If I ask you to talk about your collections, I know that you will glow as you describe the amazing treasures you have. When you go for money for digitization projects, you talk up the incredible cultural value... But then if I look at the results of those digitization projects, I find the shittiest websites on the planet. It’s like a gallery spent all its money buying art and then just stuck the paintings in supermarket bags and leaned them against the wall.” Nat Torkington (@gnat) http://bit.ly/rNHMVr “Libraries: Where It All Went Wrong” 2011 On the other hand...
  18. 18. @SimonTanner@SimonTanner “Michelle Pickover, curator of manuscripts at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, argues that ‘Cyberspace is not an uncontested domain. The digital medium contains an ideological base – it is a site of struggle.’ The real challenges in collection digitisation in national memory institutions, she argues, are not technological or technical but social and political. Librarians and archivists are ‘agents of social change’ who, through their appraisal, selection, arrangement and retention of material, are able to become active participants in the production of social memory, and who, by the nature of their work, cannot help but ‘privilege certain narratives and silence or marginalise others’ Kahn, R and Tanner, S (2014) Building Futures: The Role of Digital Collections in Shaping National Identity in Africa (chapter in African Studies in the Digital Age) Contested Spaces
  19. 19. Discovering Annotating Comparing Referring Sampling Illustrating Representing Scholarship From John Unsworth’s Scholarly Primitives
  20. 20. Reason 1: digital humanities digital research resources are recognised Reason 2: digital humanities enhances the research environment Reason 3: digital humanities has impact 3 Reasons to say YES to DH http://simon-tanner.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/3-reasons-ref2014-was-good-for-digital.html
  21. 21. @SimonTanner Democratisation of Collections through Digitisation Simon Tanner Department of Digital Humanities, King’s College London Twitter: @SimonTanner 05/02/2015 01:25 ENC Public Talk 19 February 2013 22

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