Images from the Design Archives, Knitting Collections at University of Southampton, Museum of Design in Plastics, and University of the Arts London


A series of workshops have been held with the project partners to share knowledge and experience in the creation, management, and use of digitised collections in the creative arts. A summary of the workshops and presentations are available below:

Online Learning Resources

(at the Arts University College at Bournemouth, 21 January 2011)
This workshop focused on the development of online learning resources and topics included: writing for the web; audience consultation and market research, focus groups, and talking to people; how learners will use resources and what they will do; and simulated user testing of example learning resources. Partners also gave presentations reflecting on the benefits of the Look-Here! project and their plans moving forward.
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Web 2.0

(at the University of Brighton, 2 November 2010)
This workshop focused on the use of Web 2.0 and user-generated content and included talks from the Archives Hub on the impact of Web 2.0 on archives; the RunCoCo project on the use of Flickr to run the Great War Archive as part of the First World War Poetry Digital Archive project; and how the Design Archives at University of Brighton have made use of the social networking system Community@Brighton, to engage with students and staff across the university.
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User Needs

(at JISC, London, 5 October 2010)
This workshop included case studies from two different users of digitised visual arts collections, followed by a discussion of user needs, audience research, and measuring the impact of digitised resources. The first case study was from Nathaniel Hepburn, Curator at the Mascalls Gallery at the Mascalls School in Kent. Nathaniel described his use of the VADS collections to identify and select items for a series of exhibitions at the gallery since it opened in 2006. The second case study from Claire Evans, Course Leader for Fashion Design at the University of Huddersfield, provided insights into the development of a small fashion archive at the university, and how it has been enhanced with an online presence, blog, and student projects on the university's Virtual Learning Environment.

Funding and Sustainability

(at the Royal School of Needlework, 20 August 2010)
This workshop focused on the funding and sustainability of digital collections. The day included presentations from V&A Images, on image licensing in a museum context; a view on sustainability from JISC, with examples of successful approaches to sustainability by JISC-funded projects; Arts & Business, who discussed fundraising for digital content from businesses and individuals; and from VADS, on the funding and sustainability models for digital collections in the visual arts. This was followed by a tour of the Royal School of Needlework's unique collection of embroidered textiles and archive materials.
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(at the University of Brighton, 9 July 2010)
This workshop focused on digitisation with a practical introduction from JISC Digital Media and a presentation on innovative 3D digitisation technologies for collection artefacts from the Cultural Informatics Research Group at University of Brighton. Each of the partners gave presentations on their top tips and tools for digitisation projects. This was followed by a visit to the Design Archives at the University of Brighton.
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Image Cataloguing

(at the University for the Creative Arts at Farnham, 10 May 2010)
This workshop introduced the key metadata standards and controlled vocabularies that are used in the creative arts and demonstrated how these have been applied to real-life image collections. The partners discussed the issues that they face in cataloguing their collections and the approaches they have adopted. The workshop included presentations from VADS, the Crafts Study Centre, the 'Image Space' project at University College Falmouth, and the Museum of Design in Plastics, followed by a visit to the Crafts Study Centre.
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Copyright and IPR

(at the London College of Communication, University of the Arts London, 25 March 2010)
This workshop looked at how copyright and other legal issues impact upon the digitisation of partners' collections and the practical approaches to copyright clearance and rights management adopted by project partners. The day included presentations and discussion led by Naomi Korn Copyright Consultancy as well as case studies from the Museum of Design in Plastics and the Special Collections and Archives Centre at University of the Arts London, followed by a visit to the Special Collections and Archives Centre.
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Image Selection

(at the Winchester School of Art, 28 January 2010)
The second project meeting focused on the criteria used to select items for digitisation and each of the project partners gave a short presentation on their digital collections and the criteria they have used for selecting items. This was followed by an in-depth discussion of the selection process for the Knitting Collections at the University of Southampton.

First project meeting

(at the Hartley Library, University of Southampton, 16 November 2009)
The first project meeting included a detailed discussion of the issues faced when digitising collections and an introduction to the project and the plan for the project workshops. The University of Southampton gave a presentation on their Knitting Collections and a tour of the University's Digitisation Unit and the Special Collections Department, with selected items on show from the Knitting Collections.