Workshop for South Asian Archivists and Librarians – 4th to the 8th July 2018
As part of the Two Centuries of Indian Print Project, the project is delivering a series of digital skills workshops and training sessions at Indian institutions to support innovative digital humanities research within South Asian studies.
Members of the Two Centuries of Indian Print team have recently just returned from a fascinating trip to Delhi where we took part in an Archivists’ workshop – with packed program of activities organised as part of the Association for Asian Studies.
As part of the program, we led a full day workshop on Digitisation Standards as practiced by the British Library, where we discussed and looked at the key challenges organisations face when digitising cultural heritage material, from selecting material and scanning, through to post-processing, online display, user engagement and promotion.
The workshop featured a paper on the IFLA guidelines for digitisation, and in the afternoon we led a fun activity where the archivists were presented with different case studies of archival collections and asked to consider a digitisation strategy, culminating in a presentation to the groups.
During the program we were also fortunate enough to receive some very thorough and illuminating tours of key archives in Delhi, including The National Archives, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, and Sangeet Natak Akademi where we learned about their respective collections, conservation facilities and digitisation projects.
The workshop brought together archivists from a variety of academic and cultural institutions across India and as far away as Cambodia and Australia, uniting people with a shared passion for preserving South Asian heritage.
This marked the end of a trip which has connected us with inspiring professionals who we hope to collaborate on more events in the near future.
More information about our workshops is available on the Training Resources page on the British Library Two Centuries of Indian Print website.