GRAP 103 season has started, and is already in full swing as museums, libraries, archives, and galleries rush to meet the deadlines for financial reporting at the end of this financial year. We are offering a range of support to help your institution prepare and to improve your GRAP 103 readiness.
What will museum of the future look like? There are some amazing new technologies which can help to bring the museum experience to the modern user, and especially to the youth who mostly expect everything to be digital. In this series of articles I will highlight some of these new and emerging ideas and technologies which are being developed. In this first articles I show how Virtual Reality is being used interactively to provide access to the oral history of Holocaust survivors.
The first article in this series introduced the issues with museum web sites, including those issues common to all historical sites and memory institutions. In this second article I focus on some of the content required and how this content can be adapted to meet the needs of the different types of users.
Guide and copyright essentials
As digital collections become more and more important in the museum and heritage sector, we believe that all institutions should strive to become “Digital Institutions”. This means having access to digital resources, which includes digital information on the objects within collections.
Have a look at this useful short guide on digitisation by Collections Trust
Digitisation and Online Collections
Most museum collections include objects that were made by someone else and so it is vital that we are aware of our rights and responsibilities when it comes to managing and digitising this material.
For more information on Copyright and Intellectual Property click on the link below
ETHER Digital can help you!
- Develop a digitisation strategy
- Guide your digitisation projects
- Advice on collections audits
- Build digital repositories and databases
- Build websites
- Develop mobile phone technology to enhance user experience
- Long-term digital preservation and digital sustainability plans
- Workshops on how to start and run digitisation initiatives
- Training in digitisation techniques
- Upcoming workshop on Copyright and Intellectual Property
On the 19 and 20 August 2013, ETHER ran our Do-it-yourself Digitisation Workshop at the Potchefstroom campus of North West University. We were warmly hosted by the Archives and Museums division of the Library. Fourteen delegates, from NWU and other institutions in the North West, attended the two-day workshop.
The course dealt with how to create a clear and well-thought out digitisation strategy and the importance of institutional support of digitisation efforts. The complete digitisation cycle was covered: Scoping, Strategizing, Planning, Preparing, Capturing, Describing, Loading, Storing, Accessing and Using. These topics were dealt with in depth through theoretical, practical, discursive and anecdotal means. Additionally, ideal scanning equipment was discussed and some examples of scanners and digital converters were shown and experimented with.
The purpose of this workshop was to introduce suggested best-practices for digitization initiatives for museums, archives and libraries. The delegates found that different institutions have slightly different requirements depending on their source material, budget and equipment. All institutions have some digitization procedures and policies in various stages and this workshop helped the delegates examine what they can be doing better and how to adapt their policies and procedures.
We will be running this workshop again on the 18 and 19 September in Bloemfontein. Please contact Gladys Rapatsa if you have any queries or would like to make a booking, or Tammy Reynard if you would like more information about the course.