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DCDC17 sponsor presentations

Chaired by Chris Mumby, Head of Business Development and Managed Services, The National Archives

Uncovering hidden voices in the Foreign Office archives through digital collections metadata

Fabio Antonini, Development Editor, Taylor & Francis Group

From written supplications to surveys of public opinion, government archives can often contain surprising and valuable sources of voices from below. Although at times scattered amongst larger collections, where they remain hidden to all but the serendipitous researcher, these artefacts of social history can be brought to the fore through digitization and the creation of thematic metadata.

This presentation will look at the metadata creation around the records of public voices in Routledge, Taylor and Francis’s new digital resource, Cold War Eastern Europe, Module I: 1953-1960, to demonstrate the ways in which digital collections can facilitate new studies of popular experience through the archives of the British Foreign Office.

Impact through collaboration


Neil Grindley, Head of Resource Discovery, Jisc

Paola Marchionni, Head of Digital Resources for Teaching, Learning and Research, Jisc

This short session is an opportunity to introduce some current and forthcoming work that Jisc is focusing on around the value of collections and the creative economy. Jisc makes investments of various types to support archives and libraries to more effectively exploit their collections.

Jisc will highlight the diversity of these approaches and demonstrate how collaboration and partnership is a critical component for achieving impact.

Handwritten Text Recognition – revolutionising search and discovery

Glyn Porritt, Head of Technical, Adam Matthew Digital

Adam Matthew has recently launched ground-breaking HTR functionality for its latest manuscript collections. This presentation will be a case study outlining the basics of HTR technology and the challenges of integrating this into our platforms. Colonial America, the first Adam Matthew resource to incorporate HTR, is a complex collection of manuscript correspondence in multiple hands over a period of more than two hundred years. Enabling handwritten text to be searchable for the first time presents exciting opportunities for discovery and research, for both commercially available and open access publishing initiatives.

Making the case for digital preservation; how to engage your internal stakeholders

Paula Keogh, Sector Manager for Heritage & HE, Arkivum Ltd

This session will provide practical guidance on how to make the case to internal stakeholders for embarking upon a digital preservation programme. The typical barriers to progress, outline of the risks and costs of doing nothing, and useful case studies will be discussed. Delegates will leave this talk armed with a strategy for raising the importance of digital preservation in their own organisation and a method for creating an internal business case.

The British Library: Sharing the nations collections with the world

Peter Chymera, Performance and Business Analyst, British Library
Sam Tillett, Head of Business Development, British Library

With Digitisation Studios in St Pancras and Boston Spa, the British Library is continuing to improve access to it collections. The Library digitises its own collection, making ever more items digitally available. 2014 saw the doors of Boston Spa opened to members of the public to digitise World War One memorabilia and artefacts, as part of the wider Europeana Project. The Library also works with partners to bring more cultural collections into the public domain. This presentation will explore how the Library preserves, digitises and shares the nation’s collections with the world.

Using Digital Preservation & Access to Build a Sustainable Future for Your Archive

Tracy Broadhurst, Inside Sales Executive, Preservica
David Portman, Marketing Programs Manager, Preservica

This session will explore how archivists at smaller institutions have achieved buy-in and built a sustainable future for their digital archive. A particular focus will be around how affordable digital preservation and access software has enabled these institutions to not only protect valuable digital assets but also attract new online audiences, showcase their digital collections and stay relevant by flexibly rearranging and enriching their digital archive overtime. The session will discuss and demonstrate how using an integrated preservation and access platform freed up time and energy to focus on curating and sharing digital content – creating lasting value at the institution.