Digitisation and Cataloguing

This section contains the guidance documents, templates and forms required by grant holders and their project teams to assist with digitisation and cataloguing. The documentation for reporting on the progress of the project and requesting further grant payments are to be found here.

Shui manuscript. EAP143/1/1/80: gong zhang ze ji shu [1883]

Digitisation guidelines

Documentation and guidance for digitisation.

Tips for Digitising Books

Examples of Digitisation Studio setups

Things to Consider Before Digitisation

Cataloguing guidelines and templates

Documentation and guidance for metadata creation.

Guide to the EAP Cataloguing Template

    Submitting your material

    The final digitised material should be saved on one or more external hard drives and sent to the EAP office postal address. Sample images and metadata can be sent electronically. We normally recommend using a service such as WeTransfer as these file sizes will normally be too large to send via email.

    Hard drives for PCs and Macs are not necessarily interchangeable. Researchers working with Apple Mac computers will have to reformat the external hard drive they submit to the British Library as exFAT or FAT32. This makes them readable on both Mac and PC.

    Drives submitted to the British Library should always be unpartitioned and never password protected.

    Using Bagger to create checksums, package and submit digital files

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    It is recommended to use Bagger to securely transfer digital files to the Endangered Archives Programme. Bagger can be used to copy files to the hard drive(s) that will need to be sent to us. It will create checksums and an inventory which we can then use to validate these files upon receipt and transfer to our servers. Please read and follow the Bagger Guidance below for further instructions.

    More information about managing digital files, backing up them up, creating checksums, etc. can be found in Remote Capture.