The main aim of the digitisation workshop will be to show participants an end to end digitisation process from capture through to the online serving of the digitised content. Whether you need advice on digitising heritage materials or are considering your options for a digitisation project, Genus’s free workshops contain information and advice on digitising a whole range of materials including Glass Plates, Paintings, Drawings, Manuscripts, Maps, All types of microfilm/Microfiche, Bound Volumes and more.

The day will consist of a number of talks on various aspects of digitisation including discussion sessions, a studio tour and demonstrations. Instead of panel sessions, Genus will be spreading the speakers and experts throughout the room so that people have a chance to converse about what interests

Genus will aim to give those attending the workshop a chance to air specific questions about their projects, both with the experts in the room and with each other. There will also be a complimentary lunch, tea breaks and time available after we conclude at 3pm to ask further “This workshops are excellent and I have come away with a greater awareness of digitisation processes and services and have resolved some longstanding queries. I have already put into practice some of what I have learnt,” said previous attendee Maxine Bamber, of Archives+.

Paul Negus, The Managing Director of Genus is opening the event with a Brief History of Genus, followed by Geoff Laycock, Director of independent digitisation and information management consultancy, Scan Data Experts.


Geoff Laycock – Planning Your Digitisation Project

As an independent consultant, Geoff offers advice on planning and implementing your digitisation strategy from his experience with over 200 archiving projects.

“This was a great session rich in very useful information that I can pass onto colleagues and stakeholders,” said Rhys Griffith, Herefordshire Archives and Record Centre

Image Capture; Choosing The Best Approach

Choosing the right image capture approach for your digitisation project is an important first step. In this talk, Geoff will go through selection criteria and give examples of different capture approaches for a range of heritage materials.

Chris Elwell – Studio tour and live demonstrations

Chris is General Manager of Genus and directly controls the Genus Digitisation Division. Chris has been with Genus for 21 years and has extensive knowledge and management of many books, plan, slide and microfilm scanning projects.  Chris will be taking you on a tour of our digitisation studio as well as demonstrating the types of equipment used in the digitisation process.

Andrew Austin – Colour Management

Andrew Austin, former Imaging Services Manager at the British Library gives advice on colour management.

Abbie Enock – Being portal ready

Abbie was an experienced journalist and a professional photographer, as well as an international photojournalist-solo travelling all over the world – and in the late 90’s she went on to start a very professional photo and feature agency. Abbie is now the CEO of Capture Ltd and will demonstrate ways to manage and even gain revenue from your digital assets.

Registration and attendance are free.  To register please visit our registration page on Genus’s website. Spaces for the workshop are limited and go quickly so please register as soon as it is convenient. Dates for our 2017 Digitisation Workshops will be announced shortly so if you wish to hear about future workshops please join our newsletter.

The next workshop takes place on December 7th 2016 at Genus’s premises in Nuneaton, Warwickshire from 10am until 3pm.

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