Working with digitised collections — the raw material

Getting your heritage organisation’s collection online can be a daunting challenge. But as Kevin Gosling from the Collections Trust explains in this webinar recording, online collections have many of the same management issues as physical collections. Careful planning and rigorous documentation is needed if you want to get the raw material of your real objects collection digitised and online.

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Working with digitised collections — the raw material

This webinar recording is one hour and 22 minutes in length.


This webinar recording was produced as part of the Digital Heritage Lab ― a digital skills development programme for small to medium sized heritage organisations in the UK and was funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund as part of the Digital Skills for Heritage initiative.



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There are many challenges and benefits of working with remote-based digital volunteers. In this case study Kate Knowlden from the The Food Museum (formerly Museum of East Anglian Life) shares her experience of working on the museum’s ‘Search for the Stars’ project, which is using remote-working digital volunteers to help transfer the museum’s 40,000 paper-based object records over to its online collections management system. Kate talks about the museum’s process of recruiting, training and supporting digital volunteers.

 

Shaping stories — working with digitised collections

In this webinar recording Kevin Gosling from the Collections Trust will help you think about how your online collection can help tell your heritage organisation’s story. Kevin provides ideas on how to brainstorm stories that might be told about your collections; provides an understanding of how to test potential ideas with target audiences and how to sharpen up your writing for online readers. This resource will help you identify, test and refine stories from your online collection to help you develop digital content that engages with your digital audiences.

 

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Published: 2022
Resource type: Webinars and films


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Digital Heritage Hub is managed by Arts Marketing Association (AMA) in partnership with The Heritage Digital Consortium and The University of Leeds. It has received Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and National Lottery funding, distributed by The Heritage Fund as part of their Digital Skills for Heritage initiative. Digital Heritage Hub is free and answers small to medium sized heritage organisations most pressing and frequently asked digital questions.

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