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The British Cartoon Archive Digitisation Project (BCAD) as well as Uportal was shared with colleagues across the pond at Spring 2009 Ja-Sig conference in Dallas in March. 

BCAD Digitisation Poster
Bonnie Ferguson gave a talk Community Source Management/Governance Giving your goldfish a bigger bowl: the growth and sustainability of small Open Source projects within a University. 

Beyond excellent! Very impressed. Sets a new bar for presenter confidence, preparation, quality of presentation materials. A+…..Jasig should feature and disseminate this presentation.

Rather than the traditional powerpoint, a new highly-visual presentation tool called Prezi was used which can:”create a map of your ideas, images, videos, then show overview, zoom to details, amaze, convinve, and take the day”. (Have a look at how it works via the goldfish link above.)

In the evening, Lydia Weller and Bonnie Ferguson then hosted a poster session highlighting the BCAD project and the Carl Giles Archive.
BCAD Poster session at the Spring 2009 Ja-Sig conference

BCAD Poster session at the Spring 2009 Ja-Sig conference

Special thanks to Anthony Seminara who provided some great advance help with graphics for the poster session and the presentation. He’s also responsible for designing the new BCA website.
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The BCAD team recently gave a presentation on its website architecture, including a broad overview of the data handling systems and archive management set up.  The purpose was to demonstrate to interested parties and archives at the University of Kent and in particular those involved in the new JISC funded VERDI project.

The presentation was successful and demonstrated certain parts of the BCAD project through the use of screen captures output as video files.

We would be interested in thoughts of others, so please feel free to download a copy of the Powerpoint presentation below and accompanying video files, and feel free to leave comments below.

Supporting videos

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BCA on YouTube

JISC have recently set up a JISCmedia page on YouTube, containing videos and showreels on a number of its key projects.

The British Cartoon Archive is amongst the list and has its own showreel currently online, which discusses the digitisation project and speaks to cartoonist Steve Bell, who recalls the genius of Carl Giles.

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On 17 April 2008, courtesy of Naomi Boneham and Frank Bowles, two members of BCAD paid a visit to the Freeze Frame project at the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge. The Freeze Frame project is digitising over 20,000 photographic negatives and related documentary resources, covering the period from 1845 to 1960, to add to the thousands of polar images already digitised.

Part of the archive display

Part of the archive display

Nick Hiley and Anthony Seminara visited the Institute, got a taste of the huge polar archive it holds, saw the processing of negatives, and talked to staff members – including the recently-appointed education outreach officer. The glass negatives in the BCAD project are being handled by a specialist digitisation company, and naturally do not contain as much white space as the polar negatives, but it was interesting to see how another project approached the same problems of image creation, storage, metadata, and future access.

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Cataloguing Structure

We have just purchased Calm for our Cartoon centre project and are going to evaluate the XML Wrapper (XW) for use with our Cartoon archive website, with a view to purchasing it in the near future if it can meet our needs. As we understand it, the XW operates in a similar way as DServe to search and retrieve records. 

We are concerned that we are planning a structure that will make these calls very onerous, requiring multiple calls for each search. We are wondering if anyone has run into a similar situation and can give us advice about structuring our data to reduce the number of calls that will be necessary for each search.

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