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INST0044: Introduction to Digitisation

This module will serve as a practice-led introduction to the digitisation of cultural heritage materials in the galleries, libraries, archives and museums (GLAM) sector. It is an advanced level module taught in two ways: theory and principle led lectures and tutorials, and hands on sessions in the imaging lab. This module will also involve close liaison with UCL Museums and Collections, UCL Library Special Collections, and digitisation professionals to provide hands on teaching to understand the practical application of digitisation in the cultural and heritage sector. In addition, the students will have the opportunity to visit digitisation facilities at heritage institutions in London to get an understanding of different digitisation approaches across the heritage sector.

Subjects to be covered include:

  • Principles of digitisation
  • Handling of objects and documents
  • Digitisation studio set up
  • Metadata and standards
  • 2D versus 3D digitisation
  • Advanced Imaging Techniques
  • The digitisation lifecycle – from institutional store to digital repository
  • Best practice in digitisation

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

  • Assess objects for digitisation, and understand handling conditions
  • Undertake 3D digitisation of museum objects
  • Be aware of the various 2D and 3D technologies available for digitisation in the cultural and heritage sector
  • Understand the technical underpinnings of digitisation, including capture methods, file formats, compression methods, etc.
  • Understand metadata and preservation issues related to digitisation
  • Understand how and why digitisation technologies have been employed throughout the GLAM sector
  • Understand the technological and financial frameworks which have encouraged the uptake of digitisation
  • Have an awareness of the complete digitisation life cycle, from transportation of object from store, to deposit of digital surrogates in institutional repository (and beyond)
  • Be familiar with key technologies: both hardware and software

Each teaching session consists of a lecture plus at least one other session, which may be a practical, guest lecture, or visit to a resource.

Assessment: Assessment by coursework only

Compulsory for: No students

Optional for: numbers will be limited to 16 students with priority given to those on the MA/MSc in Digital Humanities

Prerequisites: There are no formal prerequisites for this module

Taught by: Kira Zumkley

Timetable: Term 2, Fridays 10:00-13:00