Our staff have a broad range of expertise in the development and embedding of authoritative metadata (written to professional standards using trusted authoritative sources) to ensure that researchers and users can trust the information being provided.
The Centre for Research Collections is also responsible for the University’s approach to Digital Preservation of born digital archival collections and digitised archival standard materials. This work ensures that future collections, including large datasets, will be made available for creative and academic research use, while the integrity of the collections are maintained with the same care and look to preservation as the physical collections. Parallel, complementary, and joined up, shared methods and approaches will be highlighted.
This opening of the collections is assisted by a cohort of volunteers and interns, creating further opportunities for students to engage with the real, physical material, marrying this to their digital experience.
In the workshop you will investigate the complexities of making such collections available working through a series of scenarios, challenging the assumptions of ‘just digitise everything’ and the immediacy of the google culture, making connections between trusted, authoritative sources for research, learning and teaching. You will see what the cultural heritage sector are leading on in this area and how practical approaches and solutions are developed and be able to test those being developed at the University of Edinburgh.
But mostly you will have the opportunity to have fun. And with our world class, high quality collections. A truly unique Edinburgh experience.