The Digitisation Lab specialises in the digital capture of images and texts from a range of document types. Using high-end scanning equipment, state-of-the-art workflow software and with extensive staff experience, preservation quality digital files are generated.
The digital resources are made available on-line via existing digital libraries or from University of Southampton repositories or websites.
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Since 2003, the University of Southampton library has supported two mass digitsation projects in collaboration with JISC (18th century parliamentary papers and 19th century pamphlets) . Expertise and equipment was located within the Library Digitisation Unit, now called Library Digitisation Lab, which is now part of a wider Digital Scholarship Team.
The current remit of the Digital Scholarship team is to support, make accessible, reusable and promote the University's unique and distinctive collections. We do support different communities providing expertise in the following areas:
Digitisation of books, manuscripts and pictures is bringing to light a wealth of information that may have laid undiscovered. On-line resources provide the lecturer and researcher with new content to share and explore. New online libraries are being created by pooling digital resources from many source libraries. Digital access to fragile materials reduces management and handling and enables the original to be preserved. Pressures on prime storage space can be eased once the material has been digitised.
OAI-PMH is a standardised way for institutions to allow automated harvesting of metadata from repositories. Researchers can use the tools listed on the Open Archives official site or find modules in their preferred programming language, to learn what is in our repositories, descriptions of each item and how to access them. You can explore each endpoint by accessing it from a browser.
We currently expose the following OAI-PMH endpoints:
ePrints (institutional research repository)
Special Collections Virtual Reading Room
National Oceanographic Library Digital Collections
Eleonora Gandolfi - Digital Scholarship Manager
Telephone Internal x23453
Telephone external: +44 (0)23 8059 3453
Digital Scholarship Team
University of Southampton