Digitization for Cultural Heritage Professionals, Houston

Chuck Bearden cbearden at rice.edu
Mon Oct 25 13:11:02 EDT 1999

[This announcement is being cross-posted.]

         Digitization for Cultural Heritage Professionals
                  HATII, University of Glasgow
                Fondren Library, Rice University
               Houston, Texas, March 5 - 10, 2000

Following the great success of the 1998 and 1999 Glasgow Digitisation 
Summer Schools, the Humanities Advanced Technology and Information 
Institute (HATII) and the Fondren Library at Rice University are 
pleased to announce the first offering of this course in North America.  

Full details of the course and preliminary registration materials can 
be found at:


The availability of high-quality digital content is central for 
improving public access to the heritage and enabling teaching and 
research.  This one-week intensive program will be of value to 
students, academics, and professionals working in the cultural and 
humanities sector (archives, museums, libraries).

It introduces skills, principles, and best practice in the 
digitization of primary textual and images resources with strong 
emphasis on interactive seminars and practical exercises.  With 
expert guidance, you will examine the advantages of developing 
digital collections of heritage materials and investigate issues 
involved in creating, curating, and managing access to such 
collections.  The focus will be on working with primary source 
materials not otherwise available in digital form.

In these, participants will apply the practical skills they acquire 
to the digitization of an analogue collection which they have 
selected (print, image e.g. photographic or slide, music manuscripts, 
or map). The focus will be on working with primary source material 
not otherwise available in digital form.

Participants are encouraged to bring material related to their own 
interests or to those of their home institution. Where this is not 
practical, material from the University of Glasgow's collections will 
be made available.

Aims and Objectives
After completing the course, participants will:

  o be familiar with major digitization projects and how they are 
    being run;
  o acquire the skills to select materials for digitization and 
    provide sound justifications for these decisions;
  o be able to define the standards to be used depending upon the 
    type of documentary or image material with which they are working 
    and the objectives of a particular digitization initiative;
  o gain the skills to manage the digitization process from end-to-end;
  o appreciate the role and types of metadata used to assure the long 
    term reusability of digital materials;
  o acquire the skills to create suitable metadata;
  o be able to determine the costs of digitization projects;
  o be able to plan appropriate storage and access facilities; and,
  o understand the application of the techniques to various heritage 
    sectors, including archives, libraries, special collections, and 

Time scale
The one-week intensive course will consist of 10 lectures; 5 seminars; 
5 lab-based practicals (offering both guided tuition, as well as an 
opportunity for individual practice); and a visit to the Woodson 
Research Center (Fondren's special collections and archives unit) as 
well as a visit to another Houston-area special collection. 

Daily schedule: 9:00-9:55 Lecture, 10:00-11:00 Seminar, 11:30-12:45 
Lecture, 2:00-4:15 Practical I, 4:30-6:30 Practical II) 

Costs, Registration, and Deadlines
Course Fees (including study materials, mid-morning coffee, lunch, 
and afternoon tea breaks, not including accommodation):
  - Advanced booking price: $700 (fees paid by January 15, 2000)
  - Normal price: $800 (fees paid after January 15, 2000)

More information can be found at:


The Humanities Advanced Technology & Information Institute, 
University of Glasgow, George Service House, 11 University Gardens, 
Telephone: (+44 141) 330 5512 | Fax: (+44 141) 330 3788
director at hatii.arts.gla.ac.uk

The Fondren Library, Rice University
P.O. Box 1892
Houston, Texas 77251-1892
Telephone: (+1 713) 527 4022 | Fax: (+1 713) 285 5258
cbearden at rice.edu

Charles Henry, Ph.D.
Vice Provost and University Librarian
Fondren Library MS 44
Rice University
P.O. Box 1892
Houston, Texas 77251-1892
voice: 713.527-4022  fax: 713. 285-5258

Dr Seamus Ross
Director, Humanities Computing & Information Management
Humanities Advanced Technology and Information Institute
Faculty Office, Faculty of Arts
6 University Avenue
University of Glasgow
Glasgow, G12 8QQ

Telephone: 0141 330 3635 (direct)
Secretary: 0141 330 5512 (Mrs Ann Law)
Fax: 0141 330 3788
email: seamusr at arts.gla.ac.uk

Institute Website: http://www.hatii.arts.gla.ac.uk/

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