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Making progress

We’ve just had one of our regular project team meetings and spent some time checking progress against all our ‘workpackages’.

It was good to note all the things we’ve achieved or made progress on to date.

Our major milestones include creating our ‘base’ collection by the end of October and to have community contributed content added by the end of February.  We have had delays on some issues but think we are still pretty much on course to meet both of these deadlines.

Our Metadata expert moved to a new job in July which has slowed things down in making some final decisions on metadata standards and starting full cataloguing of resources.  However, I’m very pleased to report that Laura Unwin has recently joined the project on secondment from our Library’s cataloguing team and is now addressing these issues.  We plan to finalise outstanding points by the end of  August.

We know what we are doing and by when in adding the different resources that will make up the base collection.  Colin has already posted on the work he is doing to digitise oral history interviews from the East Midlands Oral History Archive.  This has required careful purchasing, testing and fine tuning of the necessary equipment – and considerable work to identify interviewees and seek permissions to digitise (on a ‘best efforts’ basis).  The rare books from the University of Leicester’s Special Collections to be added to the archive will be digitised by the end of October.  We’ll soon be adding a collection of digital photographs of ‘ghost signs’, videos are arriving from the Media Archive for Central England and we are on course to add historical Leicestershire directories by about the end of October.

Members of the Rothley Heritage Trust have started to identify items to add to the archive and will be trained to contribute content during September.  We are meeting members of the Leicester Industrial History Society this week to plan their work with the project in detail.

A major focus of our next project team will be ‘dissemination’ with various ideas on things to do in the run up to Christmas – when the base collection will be a reality – and then in the spring when more content has been added, we hope to have the new ‘Web 2.0’ interface in place for CONTENTdm (the system we are using) and we are very much in a user evaluation phase.

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