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DEVELOPING YOUR DIGITAL SKILLS: Cataloguing a Digital Collection

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DEVELOPING YOUR DIGITAL SKILLS: Cataloguing a Digital Collection including Digital Access

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Cataloguing a Digital Collection plus Digital Access

Why is it important to catalogue our digitised files and what are the benefits of having your collections online? Find out how to catalogue your digitised collections and make them visible online. A presentation by Ruth Brown , Project Manager at The Chapter House Museum Trust & Dunkeld Community Archive . It is the fifth of eight webinars dedicated to the digitisation of community heritage archives.

Digital images can be made available for use by researchers and to engage new audiences from further afield. Sharing images on the internet means that they can be accessed from anywhere in the world, which increases awareness of your collections. You can put images on your own website, attach them to emails, post them to social media accounts or print them in your magazine or newsletter. Capturing the right descriptive data from a digitised document makes finding relevant content much easier and helps maximise research efficiency.

Developing Your Digital Skills: Digitisation

Community Catch-Up on a Thursday Lunchtime, 12.00 – 12.40 pm

As a result of the coronavirus pandemic and current restrictions of movement, we understand that people wish to continue developing their digital skills regarding their community archive, which is why The Community Archives and Heritage Group Scotland Network and Scottish Council on Archives have created the Developing Your Digital Skills: Digitisation webinar series. Topics explored in this new webinar series are the result of a recent survey.

We will start the webinar series with an Introduction to Digitisation. This will be followed each week with a webinar dedicated to practical advice on how to digitise diverse types of archival material, such as; documents and photographs, sound and moving image and 3D objects. We will also consider GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) and data protection, cataloguing your digital files, and the long-term care of your digital files. Once your archive collection is digitised, you can then find out more about the benefits of community engagement on a digital platform.

Join us every Thursday, starting on the 29th April, for a short lunchtime webinar on Developing Your Digital Skills. These enjoyable and informative 40-minute webinars offer practical advice to anyone working or volunteering in community archives and heritage groups. The webinars are free to attend and there will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions and discuss any concerns or ideas you may have. You are welcome to attend as many as you wish by signing up for each webinar through Eventbrite. Each week the webinar will begin with a presentation from an archivist or expert speaker, followed by a Q&A session.

Why should you attend?

These webinars will equip you with the knowledge and skills to:

  • How to digitise your archive collections.
  • Increase visibility of your digital collections.
  • Strategically promote your digital collections and optimise your collection for discovery via Google and other search tools.
  • Increase your engagement with your local community and beyond.
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