Top five: Archives and Digitisation blogs of 2014

We are (perhaps unsurprisingly) always keen to hear news about ambitious digitisation projects, stories of unique archive collections being digitised and published online, and discussions of emerging issues facing the sector.

Fortunately there is a thriving community of archivists, record managers, and organisations that regularly blog and tweet all manner of fascinating archiving and digitisation stories. So as 2014 draws to a close, we wanted to share our five most interesting and useful blogs on archives and digitisation from this year…

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Blogs on Archives and Digitisation: Our top five

1. The Collections Trust blog – Nick Poole

The Collections Trust blog is predominantly written by the Trust’s CEO, Nick Poole, and is aimed at supporting museums, libraries and archives in helping their collections to be discovered by the public. The blog shares news and analysis of new cultural heritage initiatives, reports and standards; in addition to practical advice articles such as how to apply for funding grants and general collections management advice.

Our favourite post: “Should Heritage Digitisation be Regulated?”

2. Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals blog

The CILIP blog publishes stories about “important and contentious issues” affecting library, knowledge, and information professionals. Most recent posts have included an analysis of and reaction to the Independent Sieghart Report on libraries, a case study on the use of bibliotherapy within Kirklees Libraries and Information Service, and an article outlining factors to consider when choosing a digital collections management system.

Our favourite post: “Is Digitisation the answer or is Digital Preservation the question?”

3. Europeana Professional blog

Europeana is the largest digital repository of European scientific and cultural heritage material in existence. It is entirely free to search and access, with institutions across Europe adding new digitised collections every day.

The Europeana blog features fascinating short case studies and interviews with personnel from memory institutions across Europe that are contributing to the Europeana project, as well as regular articles contextualising the amazing digital collections being added to the portal. It also features best practice posts providing guidance on promoting digital heritage collections.

Our favourite post: “Facebook Tips for Memory Institutions Links, Text, Images, and Attribution”

4. JISC Digitisation & Content blog

The JISC Digitisation & Content blog posts digitisation project news, details of upcoming workshops & events, links to new reports, and other useful information as part of the JISC digitisation programme.

Our favourite post: “If I Can’t Find It, I Can’t Use It… Practical Solutions to Ensure your Digital Resources are easy to Discover”

5. Melissa Terras’ blog

Melissa Terras is Professor of Digital Humanities at University College London and teaches digitisation and the utilisation of computational technologies for digital humanities research there. Melissa writes around digitisation, transcription, digital copyright, and making digital collections available online; as well as linking to her own groundbreaking research projects.

Our favourite post: “Digitisation’s Most Wanted”

Any great digitisation, archiving or digital preservation blogs we’ve missed?

We hope you find this post helpful and that it helps you discover some great content around digitisation and archives. If you know another outstanding blog that you think should be added to our list, tweet us and let us know.