UCL Centre for Digital Humanities


Digital Excursion: Digital Curation

01 October 2011, 5:30 pm–7:00 pm

Digital Excursions

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Note: this event at the Wellcome Collection will be part of the UCLDH Digital Excursion series starting in the new academic year, October 2011

During this excursion, you will have the opportunity to explore the different strategies the Wellcome Library is currently employing to work with digital material. These include exploring new ways of working with old material and adapting current working methods to encompass new types of material.

During the evening the curators will introduce you to three fundamental aspects of Digital Curation at the Wellcome Library:

  • The first venture into Full-Text Digitisation Project, which looks at 17th century recipe books;
  • The Film Digital Collection of Moving Images on 20th century healthcare and medicine [over 450 titles - 215 hours of film and video - have been digitised and made freely available under Creative Commons licences through the library website and Wellcome Film YouTube channel];
  • The Born-Digital Archives, which poses the challenge to find ways to acquire, manage and make the increasing born-digital material available alongside more traditional archival formats.

The Wellcome Library is one of the world's major resources for the study of medical history as well as contemporary biomedical information resources relating to consumer health, popular science, biomedical ethics and the public understanding of science. The aim of the Wellcome Library is to provide insight and information to anyone seeking to understand medicine and its role in society, past and present.

The Wellcome Collection is located on 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE (map).