The Digital Collaboration Colloquium

LIFE-SHARE organised a Colloquium at Sheffield University in March 2011, to close the Project. The focus of this event was collaborative digital content, to include all areas of the digital lifecycle from content creation through metadata to preservation and long term storage, and everything else in between. The aim of the Colloquium was not only to share past experiences of collaboration but also to start new conversations about future possibilities. This page contains the presentations used on the day, with kind permission from their authors.

We have archived all the tweets from the day - you can view the twapperkeeper archive here. This should add some more context to the presentations below. (A couple of things to note about the archive - we had over 200 tweets using the tag #lifeshare during the event, but by default the archive will only display the last 10. Also in the event of other twitter users using the term 'lifeshare' these references will, unfortunately, be added to the archive at the top.)

The first presentation was Digitisation, collaboration and WHELF by Peter Keelan. Peter is Head of Special Collections and Archives (SCOLAR) at Cardiff University, and WHELF is the Wales Higher Education Forum:

Next up was Doug Dodds (from the Word & Image team at the Victoria & Albert Museum), talking about Virtual and Actual: collaborative digitisation at the Victoria and Albert Museum:

Virtual and Actual

There followed a series of Pecha Kucka sessions, starting with Addressing History: Collaborating with the Community to Enhance Digitised Directories by Nicola Osborne (EDINA):

We hope to be able to embed Knitting a New Pattern for the Future by Linda Newington (University of Southampton) shortly.

Next was The green-eyed monster: bringing the Yorkshire Theatres playbills project to life by Helen Westmancoat and Lydia Stafford (York St Johns University):

Yorkshire Playbills

Born-digital archives: developing a preservation model through collaboration by Simon Wilson (Hull History Centre):

Born Digital Archives

Digitisation in the Public Eye – James Robinson & Gwen Jones (John Rylands University Library)

Digitisation in the Public Eye

The final presentation was from LIFE-SHARE itself, and was based around the Collaboration Continuum - you can read our previous blog post about that model here. We explored the mechanisms of collaborating at different levels by analogising it with a relationship. Beccy set the relationship context for each level of collaboration, Matthew talked about how this applied to the LIFE-SHARE project and the White Rose Consortium, and Ned talked about lessons that could be applied to the wider community.

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