Digitalisation of Historical Collections | Pilbara Regional Council
Pilbara Regional Council
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Digitalisation of Historical Collections

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Digitalisation of Historical Collections

Cultural heritage and historical records are vital components of the character of a place. They provide a sense of identity to communities and reflect progress, growth and achievement over time.

 

Physical documents are vulnerable to loss via the decay and obsolescence of the media on which they are stored.

The digitalisation of those treasures opens up the possibility of using technologies such as image processing and analysis to preserve this heritage for future generations and to augment it with accessory information or with new possibilities for its enjoyment and use such as mobile interpretative applications.

 

As such, this activity provides clear linkages to the FY18 Tourism iBeacon project and a unique opportunity to investigate and implement new technology that could provide rich interpretative and interactive digital content to both visitors and the community.

Proposed Outcomes
  • Technology is employed to enhance the preservation, availability and accessibility of historical records and better connect communities with the past and cultural heritage.
DELIVERABLE 1
  • Digitalisation methodology and Engagement framework

KEY RESULTS & TARGETS
  • 8 historical collections candidates identified and scoped for digitalisation. Trial collection identified and scoped for digitisation
  • Digital information and records management requirements identified.
  • Statutory, regulatory and compliance requirements identified.
  • Standards and processes for physical to electronic documents defined and agreed upon.
  • Engagement model with key stakeholders, community and volunteer groups defined.
EXPECTED BENEFITS
  • Structured and agreed approach to digitalisation and preservation activities.
  • Maximise local engagement to ensure robust and effective collaboration on shared outcomes for the communities.
DELIVERABLE 2
  • Digitalisation of records trial

KEY RESULTS & TARGETS
  • Content from 8 historical collections delivered in a format that meets agreed accessibility and availability standards. Minimum 40% of trial collection delivered in digital format as agreed above.
  • Interpretative content served in a format suitable for consumption in the Warlu Way mobile app (in development and subject to funding).
  • Improvement opportunities identified and implemented
EXPECTED BENEFITS
  • Historical records collected are presented to the community in accessible formats and able to be integrated into schools, visitor centres, local governments and businesses as required.
  • Improved access, distribution and reduce physical storage requirements.
DELIVERABLE 3
  • Grants and funding applications

KEY RESULTS & TARGETS
  • Opportunities investigated, and qualified
  • Funding application reviewed, endorsed by key stakeholders and submitted.
EXPECTED BENEFITS
  • Streamline the application process and create greater efficiency through a coordinated management of the funding application(s).
DELIVERABLE 4
  • Regional Rollout for Digitisation of Historical Records

KEY RESULTS & TARGETS
  • Outcome of trial provided to key stakeholders
  • Historical collections to be included in rollout confirmed
  • Regional Rollout plan including cost, timeframe and measures completed
  • Regional rollout commenced.
EXPECTED BENEFITS
  • Plan, trial, regional rollout as per Karratha