UKOLN Interoperability Focus: Events

Think Digital: Best Practices for Digital Resources across the Cultural Heritage Sector Workshop

This was a one-day workshop held in Houghton Library, Houghton-le-Spring, Co Durham on Thursday 10th November 2005. It was jointly facilitated by UKOLN, North East Museums Libraries and Archives (NEMLAC) and the Arts and Humanities Data Service (AHDS), and targeted at museum, library and archive staff. The audience included:

Number of delegates: 20 - 40


The event was run on Thursday 10th November 2005 between 10am and 4pm. Lunch was be provided.


The event is to be held at Houghton Library, Houghton-le-Spring, Co Durham. Houghton-le-Spring is on the road between Durham and Sunderland. There is no rail link, but there are regular buses from both Durham and Sunderland railway stations. The journey takes 30 minutes and a timetable (excel) is available.

Location details for the library can be found on the Houghton Library and Learning Centre Web site.


The event is free* to NEMLAC members. Subject to availability, non-members can request a place at the event at a cost of £50 (they will be informed of their place 2 weeks prior to the event).

* NEMLAC members who secure a place, but fail to attend the event with informing NEMLAC before 28th October 2005, will be invoiced £50 to cover the costs incurred by NEMLAC.

If you are interested in attending this event please contact Linda Wright []. For any other queries regarding the event please contact Neil Bowerbank [].


The UK public sector funds the creation of a significant amount of digital content; much of which is produced by the cultural heritage sector. This workshop will consider some of the best practices needed to develop usable, functional and interoperable resources that will support the community. It will do so through presentations, demonstrations of good practice in action and exploration of some of the chief resources available, such as the Good Practice Guide for Developers of Cultural Heritage Web Services (GPG).

Areas covered include:

The format of the day will consist of presentations, break-out sessions, group work and discussions.



10:00 - 10:30 Registration and Coffee  
10:30 - 10:40 Introduction to the day MG
Session 1: Generic Overview
10:40 - 11:00 Presentation: Best Practices for Digital Resources across the Cultural Heritage Sector MG
11:00 - 11:30 Presentation: Real World Examples of Good Practice ET
Session 2: Workshop Groups
11:30 - 12:20 Breakout groups: Round Table Real life Issues All
12:20 - 12:30 Feedback from groups All
12:30 - 1:30 Lunch  
Session 3: Focus on digitisation
1:30 - 2:15 Presentation: What happens when you digitise? An introduction to some key themes AD
2:30 - 3:00 Presentation: A Whirlwind Tour of Good Practice Resources MG
3:00 - 3:15 Coffee  
3:15 - 3:30 Presentation: Digitisation - Other Issues AD
3:30 - 3:45 Feedback and final thoughts All
3:45 - 4:00 Surgery session All



Introduction to the Day
[MS PowerPoint 97/2000 format] - [HTML format]
Best Practices for Digital Resources across the Cultural Heritage Sector
[MS PowerPoint 97/2000 format] - [HTML format]
Digitisation Case Studies
[MS PowerPoint 97/2000 format] - [HTML format]
What happens when you digitise? An introduction to some key themes
[MS PowerPoint 97/2000 format] - [HTML format] - not available - too many images
A Whirlwind Tour of Good Practice Resources
[MS PowerPoint 97/2000 format] - [HTML format]
Digitisation - Other Issues
[MS PowerPoint 97/2000 format] - [HTML format]


Exercise 1: Real life Issues
[MS Word]
Feedback Form
[MS Word]


Particpants will receive a number of handouts including the following.

The Digitisation Process: an introduction to some key themes
AHDS Information Paper
The Digitisation Process
Good Practice Guide for Developers of Cultural Heritage Web Services
Documenting Digitisation Workflow
QA Focus briefing document no. 20
Choosing A Suitable Digital Rights Solution
QA Focus briefing document no. 22
Choosing An Appropriate Raster Image Format
QA Focus briefing document no. 28
Improving The Quality Of Digitised Images
QA Focus briefing document no. 66
Choosing A Suitable Digital Watermark
QA Focus briefing document no. 76

Annotations For Workshop

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URLs Mentioned During Workshop

The following URLs will be mentioned during the workshop.

Key Digitisation Resources

The Technical Advisory Service for Images
Arts and Humanities Data Service (AHDS)
GPG - Good Practice Guide for Developers of Cultural Heritage Web Services Higher Education Digitisation Service
QA Focus

Digitisation Organisations

Visual Resources Association (VRA)
The International Imaging Industry Association
BAPLA- British Association of Picture Libraries and Agencies
Ministerial Network for Valorising Activities in Digitisation (MINERVA)

JISC Services

The British Universities Film and Video Council (BUFVC)
Centre For Educational Technology Interoperability Standards (CETIS)
The UK Data Archive (UKDA)
JISC Legal Information Service
The Managing Agent and Advisory Service for Moving Pictures and Sound (MAAS)
Manchester Information and Associated Services (MIMAS)
open source software advisory service (OSS Watch)
Plagiarism Advisory Service
The Resource Discovery Network (RDN)
Video Technology Advisory Service (VTAS)

Web Standards

World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)
ECMA International
W3C CSS Validator

Web site Checking

Doctor HTML
W3C HTML Validation Service
Link Popularity
Browser Emulator


Dublin Core Metadata Initiative
Art and Architecture Thesaurus
MARC Standards
W3C Resource Description Framework (RDF)
Open Archives Initiative (OAI)
UKOLN Metadata pages
Metadata Encoding and Transmission standard (METS)

Intellectual Property Rights

The Copyright Licensing Agency
Design and Artists Copyright Society (DACS)
PADI - Intellectual property rights management
Creative Commons,
Athens Access Management Systems
Information Commissioner's Office


Digital Curation Centre
Cedars (CURL Exemplars in Digital Archives)
Digital Information Office
Digital Preservation Project
National Preservation Office (NPO)
OCLC/RLG Preservation Metadata Working Group

Public Sector Organisations

The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA)
Art Libraries Society
British Library
The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP)
Museum Documentation Association (MDA)
Research Libraries Group (RLG)

Standards Organisations

Commission Internationale de l'Eclairage (CIE)
International Standards Organisation (ISO)
National Information Standards Organisation (NISO)


TASI Toolbox
QA Focus
Dublin Core
RLG Tools for Digital Imaging
DCC Tools

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