In June I gave a presentation on Digitisation Infrastructure at the UCL Summer School of publishing e-content.

The presentation looked at some of the key capabilities that are required, whether at a campus-wide, regional or national level to make sure that digitisation happens effectively, as rapidly as possible and offers value for money in the medium and long term. Some of the key ingredients were:

  1. A variety of data capture facilities / digitisation bureaus
  2. Internationally agreed file formats, preferably non-proprietary
  3. International co-ordination, certification, co-operation to develop international schema and vocabularies
  4. A range of mechanisms for delivering data, working to sustainable technical and financial models
  5. Long-term preservation facilities
  6. Staff and expertise to provide these services and the essential research and development

The full presentation can be seen here