digitised collections
and services
gill hamilton
digital access manager
g.hamilton@nls.uk
since early 2000s
in-house
some in partnership
mass digitisation
Scottish, topical, preservation, exhibitions
digitisation
print & manuscript collections
image collections
film and sound collections
map collections
challenges
selection
description
correction
use and promotion
and that old chestnut …. resourcing
selection
Request a
digital copy
description - transcription
http://en.wikipedi.org/wiki/Massacre_of_Glencoe
Something out of Deen
Swift and she said
I was...
description - georeferencer
http://en.wikipedi.org/wiki/Massacre_of_Glencoe
description – semantic
We think this
is Cambrai
Do you think
it’s this
Cambrai?
Or this
Cambrai?
correction – OCR
use – The Historic Maps API
http://maps.nls.uk/projects/api/
use – various methods
Wikimedian-in-Residence
open metadata
and
digital content
policy
Here today from NLS
Gill Hamilton, Digital Access Manager
Tony Stuart, IS Development Manager
Fred Sanderson, IPR Officer
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Flash presentation at a workshop for 'Scotland's National Collections and the Digital Humanities,' a knowledge-exchange project hosted at the University of Edinburgh. 14 Feb. 2014. http://www.blogs.hss.ed.ac.uk/archives-now/

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  • Are your strings in a fankle or your things unmentionable? This session will cover practical issues associated with mapping linked open datasets from a local environment to the global semantic web. Issues will be illustrated by examples encountered at National Library of Scotland. Topics covered will include: DODLOD@NLS; LoC(h)-Getty; two other lochs; Wikipedia wickedness and the Elusive loch of Shandon (a watery Brigadoon); innumerate Scots and their thirds, forths and firths; The Germans (a Basil Fawlty moment);
  • In-house – internally funded,3 staff dedicated to digitisation processes (program manager, digitisation operator, coordinator), reprographics team,Projects – Wellcome trust funded digitisation of India Papers, UCLA for spectral imaging of Livingstone, Japanese university for GutenbergMassdigitisation – high throughput, contracted out to 3rd parties. Worked with Internet Archive for several years. (1 or 2 camera operators)What we digitise – Scottish role at National Library is to prioritiise Scottish coz perhaps others wont, topical materials
  • 100,000s of pages of books and manuscripts including2,500 gaelic collection books, post office direcotries, jacobite prints, musical collections and scores, broadsides, military listsThese are digitised and OCR’dComing upGeneral Douglas Haig diariesMilitary rolls of hourMore military listsTrade directoriesEdinburgh Ladies debating society publications
  • Image collections1000s of pictorial imagesPictures of the South Side of Edinburgh from 30s, posters, WWI official photos, construction of Forth Bridge, destruction of Tay Bridge (official report)Coming upIsabella Bird photos (Victorian adventurer and writer)Alan Daiches photos
  • Scottish Screen ArchiveOngoing digitisation including thousands of film clips digitised and many full length filmDocumentaries, news reels, home movies, public information films, advertising and promotional materialSoundFor preservation digitised tapes and Shellac records of Scottish music. A lot of Harry Lauder and Jimmy Logan!Forthcoming is Handel and Verdi collections
  • Map collections50K historic and more modern maps, including Blaue Atlas of Scotland (1654), Military maps including 18th century military surveys, OS maps going from 1 inch to the mile, down to detailed urban maps of 50 or 120 inches to the mile.The maps are high resolution and zoomable.PlannedWWI Trench maps of the Western Front (May)36K England and Wales OS maps (March)Town plans and admirality (late summer)
  • Selection: lots to choose from, meet needs of customers, needs of scotland, research needs, competingDescription: it’s quick and easy to take the picture but the is time consuming to add the metadataCorrection: OCRUse and promotion: having done all that you want to make sure the stuff gets used
  • Let customers choose what they want digitised:Developed a prototye of digitisation on demand serviceIssues are:CapacityAnd internal wrangling about whether to charge or not
  • You can’t OCR a manuscriptDeveloping a transcription tool so we can crowd source transcription.Early prototype and hope to launch later this year
  • Map service enable us to layer maps on top of each other so you can visualise changes over time. To do this we need to geo reference the mapsFor our older, non OS maps we are using Georefernce tool and asking “the crowd” to help us.This is already in place.
  • We use controlled vocabularies to describe our collections. We need to update information that we hold about these vocabularies to include their URIs (Uniform Resource Identifiers) that will improve the semantics and allow engagement with semantic web.This one is in my head. Another crowdsourcing opportunity.
  • Under consideration is development of a OCR correction tool. Crowd sourcing.With better OCR, resource are more discoverable and more accessible for those with visual impairment etc
  • We’ve developed an API to enable the use and embedding of our historic maps in other websites and applications.
  • NLS Digitised Collections and Services - Gill Hamilton

    1. 1. digitised collections and services gill hamilton digital access manager g.hamilton@nls.uk
    2. 2. since early 2000s in-house some in partnership mass digitisation Scottish, topical, preservation, exhibitions digitisation
    3. 3. print & manuscript collections
    4. 4. image collections
    5. 5. film and sound collections
    6. 6. map collections
    7. 7. challenges selection description correction use and promotion and that old chestnut …. resourcing
    8. 8. selection Request a digital copy
    9. 9. description - transcription http://en.wikipedi.org/wiki/Massacre_of_Glencoe Something out of Deen Swift and she said I was fit for the Stage and you may think I was primmed up with magestick Pride but upon my word felt myselfe turn a little lirsay lursay is a word which is a word
    10. 10. description - georeferencer http://en.wikipedi.org/wiki/Massacre_of_Glencoe
    11. 11. description – semantic We think this is Cambrai Do you think it’s this Cambrai? Or this Cambrai?
    12. 12. correction – OCR
    13. 13. use – The Historic Maps API http://maps.nls.uk/projects/api/
    14. 14. use – various methods Wikimedian-in-Residence open metadata and digital content policy
    15. 15. Here today from NLS Gill Hamilton, Digital Access Manager Tony Stuart, IS Development Manager Fred Sanderson, IPR Officer National Library of Scotland http://www.nls.uk/ NLS digital collections http://digital.nls.uk/ NLS historic maps API http://maps.nls.uk/projects/api/ NLS map collections http://maps.nls.uk/ NLS Screen Archive collection http://ssa.nls.uk/ Wikimedian-in-Residence Ally Crockford a.crockford@nls.uk

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