UCL Centre for Digital Humanities


The Pleasures and Sorrows of digitising primary source collections: The Case of the Daily Mail Atlan

05 December 2018, 5:30 pm–6:30 pm

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Digitisation of primary sources underpins many digital humanities projects. What is actually involved in such digitisation? What questions do we need to ask of these new digital editions? 

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UCL Centre for Digital Humanities
Gower Street
United Kingdom

In this presentation, Seth Cayley, VP of Gale Primary Sources, will describe the forgotten history of the Atlantic Editions of the Daily Mail. These extremely rare newspapers, printed at sea, were a separate enterprise to the more familiar London edition, and provide a fascinating insight into upper-class social history of the 1920s and 1930s. 

Using the Atlantic Editions as a case study, Seth will talk through the processes taken and decisions that get made during a commercial digitisation project. 

All are welcome and there will be drinks and discussion after the presentations. Attendance is free but we kindly ask that you register for the event

This event is organised by UCLDH, which is part of the UCL Institute of Advanced Studies.


Seth Cayley is Vice President, Gale Primary Sources at Gale, a Cengage Company. He manages a UK-based digital production team, and commissioning editors in both the UK and Singapore. He is responsible for setting the overall publishing strategy for the international arm (i.e. outside North America) of Gale, with responsibility for shaping future commissioning and content acquisition plans.