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The Great War Archive: Oxford University’s Community Collection

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The Great War Archive: Oxford University’s Community Collection

  1. 1. http://www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/ww1lit<br />The Great War Archive: Oxford University’s Community Collection<br />Dr Stuart D Lee<br />Reader in E-learning and Digital Libraries<br />Director, Computing Services<br />Senior Lecturer, English Faculty<br />Merton College<br />University of Oxford<br />Stuart.lee@oucs.ox.ac.uk<br />
  2. 2. http://www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/ww1lit<br />The First World War Poetry Digital Archive<br />1996-1998 £50k<br />2006-2008 £450k<br />
  3. 3. http://www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/ww1lit<br />
  4. 4. http://www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/ww1lit<br />Virtual Worlds (e.g. SecondLife)<br />
  5. 5. A ‘typical’ digitization project<br />6,000+ digital images of rare/unique items related to the poets of WW1<br />Several hundred historical photographs, audio/video clips<br />Selected by experts, curators, etc; digitised and catalogued professionally<br />Catalogued and presented for searching and browsing <br />
  6. 6. http://www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/ww1lit<br />ContentDM<br />
  7. 7. ‘Community Collections’<br />Online collections created by public communities for public communities<br />The public:- contributes material AND digitizes- agrees copyright- catalogues material<br />http://www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/ww1lit<br />
  8. 8. Ran from March to June 2008<br />
  9. 9. http://www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/ww1lit<br />
  10. 10. Contribution: process<br />
  11. 11. Simple online submissions process<br />No need for registration<br />Welcome and instructions<br />The Great War Archive: <br />Submission Website<br />http://www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/ww1lit<br />
  12. 12. Contributors asked to agree to basic terms & conditions<br />
  13. 13. Enter contact details<br />Not required to register.<br />Can request to be kept anonymous.<br />
  14. 14. Submission choice<br />Attach files / enter a story.<br />
  15. 15. E.g. Attach file<br />
  16. 16. Enter basic metadata<br />
  17. 17. Review submission<br />
  18. 18. Submission complete<br />‘Thank you’ message<br />Includes notice of when the collection goes Live, link to submit some more & a feedback form<br />
  19. 19. Cataloguer & Administrator:<br />To check items for their validity.<br />To correct or add to the metadata<br />To flag items of particular interest/value<br />
  20. 20. Great War Archive: Submission Days<br />
  21. 21.
  22. 22. <ul><li>5 members of staff - 2 to digitize material (i.e. photograph and scan) - 2 to help catalogue and upload material - 1 to deal with the public as they come in
  23. 23. 2-3 computers, 1 flatbed scanner, 2 cameras (2 megapixels), tripods, flat surface, audio recorder</li></ul>http://runcoco.oucs.ox.ac.uk/<br />
  24. 24. http://www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/ww1lit<br />
  25. 25. Great War Archive: What We Received <br />3,000 images in the Flickr Group since July 2008<br />Project uploads 600 digital objects from submissions days<br />600<br />Public contributors upload 5,900 digital objects to the website<br />
  26. 26. Gunner James Ryan<br />
  27. 27.
  28. 28. http://www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/ww1lit<br />Traditional<br />Community Collection<br />£3.50 per image<br />$5.25<br />£40 per image<br />$60<br />
  29. 29. Digital Imaging: A Practical Handbook (2000)<br />Project Lifecycle<br />Instigation of Project<br />Assess and Select Material for Digitization<br />Prepare Material<br />Digitize<br />Edit<br />Deliver<br />Support<br />http://www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/ww1lit<br />
  30. 30. Free software - CoCoCo: “collect and catalogue content contributed by website users”<br />Run collection<br />Export collection to web delivery system<br />Freely available, Open source http://runcoco.oucs.ox.ac.uk/resources/cococo.html<br />runcoco@oucs.ox.ac.uk<br />http://runcoco.oucs.ox.ac.uk/<br />
  31. 31. What next?<br />Large scale project for Britain and Ireland …<br />… cross-Europe …<br />… global …<br />NominetTrust > can this be used for skills training<br />ERC Advanced Investigator Grant<br />http://www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/ww1lit<br />
  32. 32. Erste Weltkrieg in Alltagsdokumenten<br />Europeana and National Library of Germany<br />German submission site<br />Training – Frankfurt<br />Submission days – Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Munich, Berlin (late March/early April)<br />Collection ingested into Europeana and Oxford site<br />http://www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/ww1lit<br />
  33. 33. http://www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/ww1lit<br />http://runcoco.oucs.ox.ac.uk/<br />The Great War Archive: Oxford University’s Community Collection<br />Dr Stuart D Lee<br />Reader in E-learning and Digital Libraries<br />Director, Computing Services<br />Senior Lecturer, English Faculty<br />Merton College<br />University of Oxford<br />Stuart.lee@oucs.ox.ac.uk<br />

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