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Identifying quality acquisitions from a data deluge Zoe Bliss AHDS History May 2005.

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1 Identifying quality acquisitions from a data deluge Zoe Bliss AHDS History May 2005

2 Background Identifying potential acquisitions Ensuring offers of deposit Collection priorities Acquisitions review Evaluation of potential deposits Competing demands Conclusions

3 Background 1990 – Feasibility study K. Schürer and S. J. Anderson with the assistance of J. A. Duncan, comp. A guide to historical datafiles held in machine- readable form (Association for History and Computing, London, 1992) – History Data Unit 1996 – History Data Service Part of Arts and Humanities Data Service AHDS (hosted by the UK Data Archive, University of Essex) – AHDS History

4 Identifying potential acquisitions Surveys Funding bodies: AHRC, ESRC and British Academy Offers from data creators Strategic Relationships Recommendations Personal contacts Identification Evaluation Deposit Collection

5 Ensuring offers of deposit Requirement to deposit AHRC Technical Appendix assessment AHRC requirement to contact AHDS Project start up Workshop Risk management and contingency planning Workflow Case study on the Fine Art project Digital sustainability Case study on utilising third party datasets Why both digitising? Websites in an Academic Environment Identification Evaluation Deposit Collection

6 Collection Priorities (1996) Identification Evaluation Deposit Collection Community histories Wages and price time series Nineteenth-century censuses British historical statistics Digitised boundary data

7 Acquisitions Review (2003) Identification Evaluation Deposit Collection History of childhood Crusades Material culture Elections Film history History of education Imperial history Local and regional history Maritime history History of Poverty Wages and Prices

8 Competing demands Identification Evaluation Deposit Collection

9 Conclusions Identification Evaluation Deposit Collection Technical Quality Usability Potential for re-use Publicly funded projects - offered Thematic core collections Directed and pro-active Pragmatic Flexible


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