Digitisation enables both the conservation of original documents and increased accessibility to them, so it is an important skill  for anyone involved in preserving historic documents.  Eneclann have developed a five-day course that introduces the tools and techniques involved in digitising historical records.  This course runs one a quarter in Dublin, but may also be tailored to suit the specific needs of your organisation and run in-house.

Course Programme

Day 1
– Introduction to digitisation
– The importance of digitisation
– Assessing: what information is suitable for digitising?
– Approaches
– Digitisation equipment: hardware and software

Day 2
– Archives management: preparing to digitise
– Document handling
– High end imaging techniques
– Setting up your digitisation area

Day 3
– Data management and extraction
– Practical

Day 4
– Planning and prioritising a digitisation project
– Writing a proposal and specifications
– Personal project based on creating a tailored proposal

Day 5
– Presentation of personal projects
– Copyright law and protection
– Funding applications: getting it right
– Publication of digitised material
– How to market your digitised information

Who should participate in this course?
Archivists, librarians, historians, students and staff working in libraries, museums, archives, universities and private collections, as wel as custodians of historical records.

About the course
This is a hands-on course, during which you will learn why digitisation is important , how to prepare documents for digitisation, what equipment is required and how to use it, high-end imaging techniques, and how to present and market the data.

What is included
All training, 6 months’ support and a digitisation ‘starter pack’ – camera, lens, laptop, bench-mounted flexible arm and software for your team to keep.

Cost of the course is available on application to the digitisation team.

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