The Transfer of Digitisation Knowledge and Practice from Large Organisations to Small
: The National Library of Wales to the Centre for Performance Research

  • Clare Louise Wood-Fisher

Student thesis: Master's ThesisMaster of Philosophy


The aim of this research was to investigate how the knowledge of digitisation practices and connected standards may be transferred from a large organisation to a
small one through the digitisation of special collections. In this project the large organisation was the National Library of Wales and the small the Centre for
Performance Research at Aberystwyth University. Using the ‘learning by doing’ paradigm, the techniques required to carry out a digitisation project were taught at the National Library of Wales where two collections were digitised and their metadata written. Learning was then demonstrated by independently digitising a collection in CPR.
To facilitate the transfer of the learned information two guides were written. One addressed the requirements of project organisers by describing all the phases of a
project at a generic level. The other gave the specific directions needed to use the equipment in CPR. The guides were evaluated by staff from the Centre for
Performance Research for their usability. Research sponsorship included an allowance to attend selected outside events. This allowed additional information to be gathered and added to that gained from the NLW and by talking to selected individuals within the information profession. The research showed that digitisation practices were transferred, and specific issues on the use of metadata and digital objects discussed. Recommendations on the next developmental steps for CPR were outlined.
Date of Award2012
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Aberystwyth University
SupervisorSarah Higgins (Supervisor) & Lucy Tedd (Supervisor)

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