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5 Most-read Archives and Digitisation blogs of 2017

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During 2017 we continued doing our best to produce helpful and interesting blog posts exploring all things archives, cultural heritage digitisation and access. We published over 20 articles, including more expert guest blogs than ever before; covering topics from crowdfunding digitisation to marketing business archives. But in case you missed […]

Guide: Sources of Funding for heritage digitisation projects

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“The most significant barrier to digitisation [is] …lack of funding. Put simply, digitisation cannot happen without significant financial support, usually from an external body.” JISC Digitisation in the UK report, 2005. Even though the quote above is from a research report produced by JISC over nine years ago, lack of […]

Workflows for digitising glass plate negatives: Scanner vs DSLR camera

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Back in 2015 we wrote our how to digitise glass plate negatives guide, where we offer our advice and best practice tips for digitising glass plate collections. In the guide we referenced that there are two main workflows for digitising glass plates: one, using a flatbed scanner to scan them; […]

Digitisation, Contract Negotiation, Rights Management and You

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If the ultimate aim of your cultural heritage digitisation project is to make the digitised records and images in your collection accessible online, then rights management is likely a key consideration. This is because you may not necessarily own all the rights for the items in your collections, even if […]

Oliver Rackham digitisation project: Corpus Christi College archives

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The late Oliver Rackham, OBE, was a leading historian and ecologist with an unrivalled knowledge of British historic woodland. He was also a pioneer – linking ecological research with that of archaeology for the first time through ground-breaking work in the Mediterranean Basin. Formerly Master of Corpus Christi College, where […]

[Video] Digitisation Grant 2017 winners announced!

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  After 49 days since launch and 110 applications later, today we announced the winners of the TWA Digitisation Grant 2017! You can watch the live video announcement of the winners above. Massive congratulations to our two deserving winners! You can read more about the two winning projects and institutions […]

TWA Digitisation Grant 2017 – Applications closed

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So after almost six weeks and 284 cultural heritage organisations and institutions downloading our funding application form, this year’s TWA Digitisation Grant closed at midnight on Friday 7th July. We received over 100 applications this year, from all manner of UK archives, special collections libraries and museums looking to digitise […]

Funding: TWA cultural heritage Digitisation Grant 2017 now open

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We launched the TWA Digitisation Grant last year, as a way to contribute to the heritage sector and to support UK cultural heritage institutions that wanted to digitise their archive collections, but were unable to due to funding barriers. Following incredibly positive feedback for last year’s grant and a whole […]

How to market and promote your Business Archive

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Every organisation has a different reason for marketing and promoting its archive. For a new archive, these activities might be associated with establishing the archive as a service, developing the collections and justifying investment in staff, resources, digitisation etc. This was the case with the Peel Group, which prior to […]

Introduction to archival selection and narrative in digital collections

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Before you commence your glorious heritage digitisation project, you must select the items and collections you wish to digitise. Often this is no simple decision as a number of competing factors come into play; the condition of the materials, available time and human resources, equipment, and of course budget are […]