Remote Capture: Digitising Documentary Heritage in Challenging Locations

To be published in 2018 by Open Book Publishers. This is a must-read how-to guide if you are planning to embark on a scholarly digitisation project. Tailored to the specifications of the British Library’s EAP projects, it is full of sound, practical advice about planning and carrying out a successful digitisation project in potentially challenging conditions.

From establishing the scope of the project, via practical considerations about equipment, work routines, staffing, and negotiating local politics, to backing up your data and successfully completing your work, Remote Capture walks you through every stage. Bursting with helpful hints, advice and experiences from people who have completed projects everywhere around the globe from Latin America to Africa to Asia, this book offers a taste of the challenges you might encounter and the best ways to find solutions. 
With a particular focus on the process of digitisation, whether using a camera or a scanner, Remote Capture is invaluable reading for anybody considering such a project. It will be particularly useful to anyone applying for an EAP grant, but the advice in these pages is necessary for anyone wondering how to go about digitising an archive. 

From Dust to Digital: Ten Years of the Endangered Archives Programme

In 2014,  ‘From Dust to Digital: Ten Years of the Endangered Archives Programme’ was published. It showcases the historical significance of the collections identified, catalogued and digitised through EAP, bringing together articles on 19 of the 244 projects supported since its inception. These contributions demonstrate the range of materials documented — including rock inscriptions, manuscripts, archival records, newspapers, photographs and sound archives — and the wide geographical scope of the Programme. Many of the documents are published here for the first time, illustrating the potential these collections have to further our understanding of history.

You can read about the publication in a blog post written by its editor Maja Kominko, or read the publication itself: available as free downloadable pdfs (either by chapter or in its entirety), or for purchase as a hard copy from Open Book Publishers

Articles that reference EAP material

Hijjas, M. (2017) "Marks of many hands: Annotation in the Malay manuscript tradition and a Sufi compendium from West Sumatra" in Indonesia and the Malay World Vol 45, 2017 Issue 132 Taylor & Francis Online DOI:

Ngom, F. (2017) "West African Manuscripts in Arabic and African Languages and Digital Preservation" in  African History Oxford Research Encyclopedias DOI: 10.1093/acrefore/9780190277734.013.123

Philips, J. (2014). The Early Issues of the First Newspaper in Hausa Gaskiya ta fi Kwabo, 1939–1945. History in Africa, 41, 425-431. DOI: