- Make sure you have IT infrastructure for processing, QA and storage
- Good documentation provides extra guarantees for users and funders
- Staff are your most important resource
- Digitisation can be boring
- The end-user is nearly always right
- You can only protect what you can police
All very obvious stuff when you think about it, but getting the details right make the difference between a good digitisation project and a great one.
Some basic advice that many projects starting up could still do with learning
- Creating metadata takes longer than you think
- As does copyright clearance
- Expose as much metadata as you can, without authentication
- Think about your URL policy and then stick to it
- Temporal and spatial metadata are very user-friendly
- Metadata takes a lot longer than data capture
- Don’t reinvent the wheel, for either big or small things
A reminder that there are still places at the Digital Preservation Coalition, British Library workshop on JPEG 2000.
The workshop takes place on 25th June at the British Library, London.
Everyone knows the audio resources are enlightening, educational and entertaining, but it can be difficult to know how to integrate content such as that provided by the British Library’s Archival Sound Recordings.
The EASAIER Project: Enabling Access to Sound Archives through Integration, Enrichment and Retrieval is building tools that solve these problems. Project member Ceila Duffy spoke of the need to create tools that allows audio on the web to go beyond playback.
Some of the tools created by the project include web clients that allow audio files to be speed up or slowed down (useful for music practice), to locate emotions or accents without spoken word files (useful for resource discovery), to separate out different speakers or instruments or sounds, to represent music in visual form, or to do searching based not on keyword but on actual audio content.
This is all fantastic stuff and makes audio material so much more attractive. The next challenge will be to embed such tools into web interfaces that give end-users easy ways to tag, analyse and manipulate the content of audio archives.