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New Guide to Creating Digital Resources from Historical Documents

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  • Chappell, Cressida E
    ... New Guide to Creating Digital Resources from Historical Documents The History Data Service is pleased to announce the web publication of Digitising
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      New Guide to Creating Digital Resources from Historical Documents
      The History Data Service is pleased to announce the web publication of
      Digitising History, a new guide to creating, documenting and preserving
      digital resources derived from historical documents. The guide is available
      at http://hds.essex.ac.uk/g2gp/digitising_history/index.html and will also
      be published by Oxbow Books later in the year. For more information, please
      contact Oxbow Books, email: oxbow@..., +44 (0) 1865) 241249, fax:
      ++44 (0) 1865) 794449, URL: http://www.oxbowbooks.com/
      The guide is intended as a reference work for individuals and organisations
      involved with, or planning, the computerisation of historical source
      documents. It aims to recommend good practice and standards that are generic
      and relevant to a range of data creation situations, from student projects
      through to large-scale research projects. The guide focuses on the creation
      of tabular data which can be used in databases, spreadsheets or statistics
      packages. Many of the guidelines are, however, more widely applicable.

      The guide includes a glossary and a bibliography of recommended reading, and
      offers guidance about:

      Effectively designing and managing a data creation project.
      Transferring historical source documents into digital form and designing a
      database.
      Choosing appropriate data formats and ensuring that a digital resource can
      be preserved without significant information loss.
      Documenting a data creation project.

      The guide is one of three commissioned by the History Data Service as part
      of the Arts and Humanities Data Service publication series Guides to Good
      Practice in the Creation and Use of Digital Resources
      http://ahds.ac.uk/public/guides.html. The series aims to provide guidance
      about applying recognised good practice and standards to the creation and
      use of digital resources in the arts and humanities.

      Cressida Chappell, Acting Head, History Data Service, Data Archive,
      University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, CO4 3SQ, Phone +44 (0)1206
      873984, Fax +44 (0)1206 872003, email cress@...,
      http://hds.essex.ac.uk/
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