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Digitisation at Scale:the Abbey Theatre Archive, 1894-2037John Cox, University Librarian, NUI Galway                      ...
Outline• Genesis• Scope of the project• Some challenges• Next steps• Significance for digital humanities                  ...
Genesis• Partnership opportunity• NUI Galway:   – research and teaching strengths in theatre and drama   – digital humanit...
Project Scope• Digitise, catalogue and publish the archive online• Mix of paper, audio and video• 1.9 million pages, 500 h...
Some Challenges• Range of material types, formats, equipment• Some fragile material• Speed of throughput• Quality control•...
Next Steps• 700,000 pages to be digitised by September 2013• Will include Master Programmes for 4,300 productions, video  ...
… new Arts, Humanities and Social SciencesResearch Building, NUI Galway…                               … along with other ...
Significance for Digital Humanities• Preservation of major research archive• Online access and metadata will enable new di...
For More Information…  www.nuigalway.ie/abbey-digital-archive-partnership                                                J...
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Presented as part of "Realising the Opportunities of Digital Humanities" (#RODH2012)

Oct 23-25, 2012, Ireland.

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  1. 1. Digitisation at Scale:the Abbey Theatre Archive, 1894-2037John Cox, University Librarian, NUI Galway James Hardiman Library
  2. 2. Outline• Genesis• Scope of the project• Some challenges• Next steps• Significance for digital humanities James Hardiman Library
  3. 3. Genesis• Partnership opportunity• NUI Galway: – research and teaching strengths in theatre and drama – digital humanities focus – substantial theatre archive holdings• Abbey Theatre: – extensive archive – limited cataloguing and access – long-term preservation James Hardiman Library
  4. 4. Project Scope• Digitise, catalogue and publish the archive online• Mix of paper, audio and video• 1.9 million pages, 500 hours of video, 2500 hours of audio• Production, publicity, administrative and financial records• Complete the retrospective digitisation in three years• Publish annual additions James Hardiman Library
  5. 5. Some Challenges• Range of material types, formats, equipment• Some fragile material• Speed of throughput• Quality control• Some categories subject to 30-year rule• Copyright• Editorial function• File storage• Access management James Hardiman Library
  6. 6. Next Steps• 700,000 pages to be digitised by September 2013• Will include Master Programmes for 4,300 productions, video recordings of 430 productions, Audio Cues, Minute Books, Stage and Lighting Designs, Administrative Records and Logbooks of Plays Received by the Abbey• Search interface to be developed in interim• Digital resource will be accessible at … James Hardiman Library
  7. 7. … new Arts, Humanities and Social SciencesResearch Building, NUI Galway… … along with other theatre archives, eg Druid Theatre, Taibhdhearc na Gaillimhe, Lyric Players’ Theatre, papers of Thomas Kilroy, Shields Family Collection James Hardiman Library
  8. 8. Significance for Digital Humanities• Preservation of major research archive• Online access and metadata will enable new discoveries within the archive• New insights into the history of Irish drama and Irish writing• New modes of research, multimedia linkage, linked data• Faster workflows for researchers and archivists• Enhanced partnership between libraries and scholars James Hardiman Library
  9. 9. For More Information… www.nuigalway.ie/abbey-digital-archive-partnership James Hardiman Library

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