UKOLN Interoperability Focus: Events

Think Digital: Best Practices for creation of Digital e-learning Resources (Introducing Technical Standards)

This one-day workshop is the first of three linked workshops providing straightforward guidance on 'Confident e-learning Creation'. It will be held in Dixons City Academy CLC (Minerva Centre), Bradford, Yorkshire on Monday 12th December 2005 and jointly facilitated by UKOLN, Yorkshire Museums Libraries and Archives (YMLAC) and the Arts and Humanities Data Service (AHDS), and targeted at museum, library and archive staff.

Number of delegates: 20 - 40


The event ran on Monday 12th December 2005 between 10am and 4pm. Lunch will be provided.


Dixons City Academy CLC (Minerva Centre), Bradford, Yorkshire.


The event is free* to YMLAC 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).

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

If you are interested in attending this event or have any queries regarding the event please contact:
Kathy Cremin
YMLAC e-learning Coordinator
Phone: 01274 549053


This interactive training day for museum, gallery, library and archive staff will explore the essential technical standards to consider to when planning, creating or commissioning digital resources. Whether you are developing an e-learning project or just wondering about the implications of starting, this workshop is a great opportunity to identify practical strategies for planning and delivering any e-learning project.

Participants can expect to gain:

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


Vicky Mitchell, the Yorkshire Hub e-learning Manager, will also be involved in the Question and Answer session.


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 Creation of Digital e-learning Resources MG
11:00 - 11:30 Presentation: Real World Examples of Good Practice MG
Session 2: Workshop Groups
11:30 - 12:20 Breakout groups: 'Real life issues' sessions
Delegates will have the opportunity to think about the skills and timescales involved in digitisation as they apply to e-learning
Led by KC
12:20 - 12:30 Feedback from groups All
12:30 - 1:30 Lunch  
Session 3: Focus on digitisation
1:30 - 2:00 Practical session: Opening and resaving images in different sizes and formats AD
2:00 - 2:45 Presentation: What happens when you digitise AD
2:45 - 3:00 Coffee  
3:00 - 3:10 Presentation: Brief introduction to the Resources out there MG
3:10 - 3:45 Question and Answer session AD, MG, VM
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
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Real World Examples of Good Practice
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Practical session: Opening and resaving images in different sizes and formats
[MS PowerPoint 97/2000 format] - [HTML format]
What happens when you digitise
[MS PowerPoint 97/2000 format] - [HTML format] - not available - too many images
Brief introduction to the Resources out there
[MS PowerPoint 97/2000 format] - [HTML format]



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

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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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