Workshop Tutor: Maciej Pawlikowski, Head of Digital Content Unit, Cambridge University Library

This Methods Workshop will introduce advanced techniques used for the digitisation and preservation of archival material. The first workshop will introduce the following topics:

Copyrights and sensitive data considerations
Understanding Photography basics
Digitisation Imaging Standards
Scene and capture calibration
Image post-processing
Taking usable images in any conditions
Principles and Digital Preservation good practice
Completing the workshop will give participants a good understanding of archival photography best practices. You will gain a strong professional vocabulary to discuss imaging and a toolkit to assess image quality.

A second session, bookable separately, will focus on how to adopt those principles to the projects chosen by the participants. This will cover learning a practical approach to taking images fit for purpose in any conditions with available resources. It may also address any more advanced imaging topics such as image stitching, Optical Character Recognition, Multispectral Imaging, or photogrammetry if these are in the interest of the participants. It will also be an opportunity to visit the Digital Content Unit at Cambridge University Library.

Target audience: CDH Methods sessions are open to the University of Cambridge staff and graduate students who want to learn and apply digital methods and use digital tools in their research, these sessions may be of particular interest to:

PhD students in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Early Career Researchers in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Other Cambridge students and staff welcome
Sign up for the second session, Digital Archival Photography in-depth, here.