Software for Collections and Archives in the Arts and Cultural Sector

For our 1st November IT4Arts workshop we have lined up speakers to talk about significant projects and valuable resources for arts and cultural organisations large and small. Please pass this invitation on to your colleagues working in the area of collections and archives – and if you don’t have specialists in that area, please come to find out all about it!

National Archives – John Sheridan, Director of Digital Collections
John will outline the National Archives Digital Services and Collection and how these provide a framework for UK Archives. Also, he offers some creative views on the management of collections, archives and appropriate digital strategies to support them.

Art UK – Andrew Ellis, Director of Art UK
Art UK is a digital platform that is shared by over 3,000 public collections across the UK and acts as a global digital showcase for the nation’s art collection. Members are invited to explore the opportunities that Art UK provides, and they will be adding selected private collections to the platform.

Victoria & Albert Museum – Kati Price, Head of Digital Media
Kati is leading an exciting project to represent the V&A’s collections on-line. The new system will be based on an extensive survey of visitors and stakeholders, plus research aimed at gaining a well-developed insight into how the V&A’s collections are used. This will drive a new strategic approach for developing future solutions

Institute of Historical Research – Seif Al Rashidi, Project Manager
Seif will describe the Institute of Historical Research’s HLF funded project “Layers of London” (www.layersoflondon.org). This is a fascinating development and you are invited to think about the approach as a potential tool for engaging with audiences. There is scope to extend beyond London.

Artefacto – Kate Lomax, Director
Kate will provide an introduction to open source software, particularly the Omeka web publishing platform, and best practices for small organisations looking to publish their archives and digital collections online.

The Wellcome Collection Museum and Library – Tom Scott, Head of Digital Engagement
Tom will describe Wellcome Collection’s approach to improving researchers’ access and engagement with its collections. It is a creative approach intended to provide a coherent digital user experience that helps to cultivate the exchange of ideas.

Please come prepared to share the challenges and issues that you have (or might have) with software and systems for archives and collections – there will be time in the agenda to discuss them.

When: Thursday 1st November, starting 10.00am, ending at 4.30pm
Where: The Worshipful Company of Information Technologists Hall, 39a Bartholomew Close, London, EC1A 2JN
Booking:Please apply using the Enquiry form or email the IT4Arts chair martin.black@penmanblack.com. This workshop is only open to people who work at IT4Arts member arts and cultural organisations.

  • Category: Previous Workshops
  • Date: November 1, 2018