- ItemSimple Cultural Heritage Preservation(2013-03-07) Prof. Dr. Suleman, HusseinSoftware systems coupled with digitisation for the digital preservation of heritage have become the norm because of the opportunities for vastly better discovery and dissemination over traditional preservation techniques. However, these systems often are built on the premise that digitisation by itself will lead to preservation and little thought goes into the design of the software systems. It is proposed that the design of these software systems should be principle-based, where the core of such principles can be extracted from an analysis of successful preservation systems. Systems built on these principles will arguably provide the best platforms for digital preservation of heritage. Among these principles, the notion of simplicity is key. Recent and ongoing work provide many operational examples of how simplicity and related ideas can be incorporated into the design of systems to maintain or increase the level of functionality and, arguably, improve the ability to preserve both content and services in the long term.
- ItemOverview of the Carnegie / NRF Digitisation Project(2013-03-07) Spingies, HeinrichIn 2008, the NRF was awarded a grant by the Carnegie Corporation of New York to implement a Digitisation and Preservation Centre. The presentation will provide the delegates with an overview of the project, the accomplishments and challenges experienced to date and the way forward.
- ItemHere today… here tomorrow: sustainable digital collections – the Stellenbosch experience.(2013-03-07) Seyffert, MimiThe aim of this paper is to share the experiences of Stellenbosch University Library and Information Service in developing a digital collections repository, with specific focus on heritage collections. The Library’s strategic intervention of supporting, developing and contributing to high-level scholarly publication output includes the strategic goal of digitising unique collections within the Library and Information Service. This goal has recently been given new impetus with Stellenbosch University joining the Research Libraries Consortium and benefiting from a Carnegie Corporation of New York grant for the digitisation of heritage collections. The paper will look at the various processes we undertook to realise the aims of the project: from selecting and preparing collections for digitisation, liaising with external service providers, choosing a platform to host the content, making the content accessible and ultimately adding value to the collections. I will also discuss the challenges in keeping the integrity of original heritage collections and not jeopardising their context when transforming hard copy to digital. Finally, the paper will examine the ways in which we as the Library and Information Service ourselves have made investments to make these projects sustainable and to ensure not only the maintenance, but also the growth and further development of our digital collections.
- ItemThe Wits Digitisation Experience: Lessons Learned and Suggestions for National Collaboration(2013-03-07) Pickover, MicheleThe presentation will provide a brief background to the Wits Digitisation Centre, the services it delivers and strategies for the sustainability of the Centre. It will discuss our vision for an Integrated Resource Discovery platform for digital resources in the Library as well as digitisation policy development at Wits. Finally, it will allude to some of the technical and intellectual issues that need to be engaged with for collaboration across institutions and a possible way forward for a South African Digital Libraries and Archives Portal will be proposed.
- ItemWho Keeps the Joker: Collection Development’s role in the digitisation of Archival Resources: UNISA’s experience.(2013-03-07) Botha, MarieAt the University of South Africa, we recognised the need that the Library and Archives respond to the user needs as a single entity. At UNISA, we make every effort to service the different demands and needs of the scholarly community, as well as the general public through predominantly open access resources. The library acquires resources already developed in an e-environment, whilst the archives need to develop digital resources of valuable and rare content. With this in mind, we knew that we needed to work together to develop a channel which is easy to access to provide the needed information at the exact right time and in a digestible format. This places a huge demand on the skills base and competencies and abilities that are required for this very dedicated and expensive resource development. Access to unique archival resources is a very important aspect in serving the cultural fabric of the community at large. With this presentation we will share what we consider to be important aspects to address in the working relationship between the library and the archives in reaching the user at the point and exact time of needs. We will touch on basic collaboration that was followed to digitise archival content and will briefly share some aspects that we had to consider in the outsourcing of digitisation of archival resources.