Digitisation Case Studies

LIFE-SHARE has investigated four areas of digitisation:

Case study 1: Gaining permissions for multimedia Special Collections materials

This case study investigated the permissions required to digitise a multimedia archive of vernacular culture. Once permissions had been gained, a number of videos, audio cassettes and reel to reel cassettes were digitised to preservation standard quality.

Case study 2: On-demand digitisation for Special Collections and Archives

This case study explored the processing of on-demand digitisation for Special Collections and Archives staff. Best practice was established for receiving requests; producing and delivering digital copies to customers; and long term storage of the digital copies.

Case study 3: On-demand digitisation for module reading lists

This case study investigated the best approaches for delivering scanned course readings online via the CLA Licence. A range of different models for service delivery and funding were drawn up based on the experiences of existing services.

Case study 4: Physical conservation vs digitisation for preservation

This case study explored the costs of preserving a collection of texts from the first half of the 20th century published on acid paper. Comparative costs have been produced for both the physical conservation of 200 monographs and their preservation by means of digitisation.