Developing Your Digital Skills for Community Archives Webinar Series

Developing Your Digital Skills for Community Archives Webinar Series

27 April 2021

As a result of the coronavirus pandemic and current restrictions of movement, we understand that people wish to continue developing their digital skills regarding their community archive, which is why The Community Archives and Heritage Group Scotland Network and Scottish Council on Archives have created the Developing Your Digital Skills: Digitisation webinar series. Topics explored in this new webinar series are the result of a recent survey.

We will start the webinar series with an Introduction to Digitisation. This will be followed each week with a webinar dedicated to practical advice on how to digitise diverse types of archival material, such as; documents and photographs, sound and moving image and 3D objects. We will also consider GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) and data protection, cataloguing your digital files, and the long-term care of your digital files. Once your archive collection is digitised, you can then find out more about the benefits of community engagement on a digital platform.

Join us every Thursday, starting on the 29 April 2021, for a short lunchtime webinar on Developing Your Digital Skills. These enjoyable and informative 40-minute webinars offer practical advice to anyone working or volunteering in community archives and heritage groups. The webinars are free to attend and there will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions and discuss any concerns or ideas you may have. You are welcome to attend as many as you wish by signing up for each webinar through Eventbrite. Each week the webinar will begin with a presentation from an archivist or expert speaker, followed by a Q&A session.

Why should you attend?

These webinars will equip you with the knowledge and skills to:

  • How to digitise your archive collections.
  • Increase visibility of your digital collections.
  • Strategically promote your digital collections and optimise your collection for discovery via Google and other search tools.
  • Increase your engagement with your local community and beyond.


Introduction to Digitisation with Sean Rippington, Digital Archivist and Copyright Manager, University of St Andrews

Introduction to 2D Digitisation with reference to: Spirit of Revolt-Archive of Dissent, the Political Song Collection at Glasgow University and Govanhill Baths Archive with Paula Larkin, Project Archivist at Govanhill Baths and Spirit of Revolt – Archives of Dissent

This presentation is about the digitisation of document and photographic collections.

In this case, digitisation involves copying a physical item, converting it to a digital image and saving the image as a digital file. The image can then be stored and used to create further copies for different purposes, including public access. Learn about equipment and top tips for capturing the best image of your record.

6 May 2021Register here.

How to Digitise Sound and Moving Image Collections with Maya Darrell Hewins, PhD candidate, University of the Highlands and Islands (Shetland)

This presentation covers the digitisation of sound and moving images, oral histories, music, and films. The nature of audio-visual archives makes them prone to physical decay, format obsolescence, or both, at some point. Learn about the best practice and highest standards of transfer, what equipment is needed and the importance of documentation.

13 May 2021Register here.

How to Digitise 3-D objects with Frederick Alexander, Digital Archivist, Historic Environment Scotland

An Introduction to 3D Digitisation presented by Frederick Alexander, Digital Archivist on the Historic Environment of Scotland’s Rock Art Project. This presentation will introduce using 3D modelling to digitise your collections. New technologies allow us to digitise and view our collections in exciting and different ways. This presentation will focus on 3D photogrammetry, what it is, and how it can be applied to your collections. The technology can be applied to any 3D object, such as, books, trophies, ceramics etc., often found in community archive heritage collections. Frederick will demonstrate how 3D modelling has been used during Scotland’s Rock Art Project, the first major research project focusing on prehistoric rock art in Scotland.

20 May 2021Register here.

Cataloguing a Digital Collection and Digital Access with Ruth Brown, Project Manager, The Chapter House Museum Trust & Dunkeld Community Archive

Why do we catalogue our digitised files and what are the benefits of having your collections online?

Digital images can be made available for use by researchers and to engage new audiences from further afield. Sharing images on the internet means that they can be accessed from anywhere in the world, which increases awareness of your collections. You can put images on your own website, attach them to emails, post them to social media accounts or print them in your magazine or newsletter. Capturing the right descriptive data from a digitised document makes finding relevant content much easier and helps maximise research efficiency.

27 May 2021Register here.

Digital Outreach and Engagement for Community Archives with Lorna Steele, Community Engagement Officer, Highland Archive Service, High Life Highland

You will all be familiar with the Learn with Lorna short films. In response to coronavirus and the lockdown in March 2020, High Life Highland Archives produced a weekly series of short films. These are delivered by Community Engagement Officer, Lorna Steele, under the banner ‘Learn with Lorna.’ Initially aimed at home schooling, the topics have changed and due to popularity, there are now over 25 films and viewed over 60,000 times. The films have raised awareness of the archive and appeals to a global audience of all ages.

3 June 2021Register here.

Digital Outreach and Engagement with Oral History Collections with Jaime Valentine, chair, OurStory Scotland

This presentation will cover recording, collecting, and sharing peoples’ stories. Sharing your story fosters a community conversation and helps our histories to be as inclusive as possible. Get your archive and group ready to celebrate the Year of Scotland’s Stories 2022.

10 June 2021Register here.

Digital Sustainability of your Digitised Collection with Sean Rippington, Digital Archivist and Copyright Manager, University of St Andrews

Preserving your digital archive – learn how to store and back up digital files.

Once you have scanned or taken the photograph of your object, transferred it to your computer, given it a catalogue number and made a note of the digital metadata in your catalogue, learn how to store and backup your digital files.

17 June 2021 – Register here.