Collecting and sharing the Welsh experience of World War One

  • March 14, 2013 - morfuddniajones

Do you have letters, photographs, postcards or other memorabilia from those who experienced the war either at home or at the Front? We aim to capture the personal experiences of the Welsh involved in the War. The war affected everyone; those who fought, and those who stayed behind.

If you have items relating to any aspect of life during the war years, please bring them along to Ruthin Library on the 18th of March or to Picton Community Centre, Haverfordwest on the 20th of March to have them preserved and shared digitally.


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For more information, read the press release on the National Library of Wales website

Participatory Design Workshop

  • March 12, 2013 - morfuddniajones

A Participatory Design Workshop was held at the National Library of Wales on the 6th of February 2013.
The workshop was collaborated by staff at the National Library of Wales and a team from the Humanities Research Institute at the University of Sheffield who are working on a project entitled Participating in Search Design: a study of George Thomason’s English Newsbooks. The goal of the workshop was to pilot a participatory design approach to the development of the library’s World War I digital resource by engaging with potential end users. The range of different media present in the archive means that compiling the digital resource has posed significant questions and challenges to the design of the interface.

The report by the Humanities Research Institute, University of Sheffield can be seen by clicking on the link below

NLW WWI Design Group Report

Here are some photographs taken on the day.

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Creating metadata at Caernarfon Archives

  • March 4, 2013 - morfuddniajones

A team of us visited Caernarfon Archives today to prepare metadata for Gwynedd Archives that is to be included as part of the ARCW material for the project.  Members of People’s Collection Wales will be going there on Wednesday to digitise the material prepared today.

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Before the scanning

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The National Library of Wales has a good amount of experience when it comes to digitisation. Digitising items within the library’s collections has been an ongoing programme for over 10 years, with the Digital Mirror showcasing archives, maps, printed material, manuscripts and images. However, much of this work was relatively small scale and focussed on individual items or collections, but a step change came with projects to digitise Welsh journals and newspapers.

Much of the experienced gained in those two projects has guided work on the digitisation of First World War material, but  the wider variety of material, including newspapers, archives, manuscripts, periodicals, images, sound and audiovisual files in this project means that adaptations have had to be made to our workflows. While printed material is fairly uniform, archives are not, and our photographic collections which are being digitised as part of this project also present some interesting questions. From the photographic collection we are digitising individual prints, lantern slides and photographs in bound albums, and from the archival collections come diaries, handwritten letters, manuscripts and partially printed items. Our workflows need to be able to handle this variety, while still maintaining throughput.

As a starting point, staff involved in the digitisation process, the ICT and systems sections, Readers’ Services, conservation and curatorial staff have been meeting to set out guidelines on how the items need to be processed. We have developed a guidance document for handling archival material, have begun the process for photographic material and will start on manuscript material next week.

Once the guidelines have been agreed, the metadata team can begin preparing collections for digitising by numbering leaves and creating tracking documents for the scanning team to use. The guidelines have also highlighted that modifications will be needed to the library’s digitisation tracking software to handle the more complex archival structure.

This isn’t a quick process, but it’s essential to the digitisation project. Having good, consistent, reliable and medium appropriate metadata is essential to be enable identification, preservation and discovery of the material.