Past projects

The first three years of York Digital Library’s development (August 2007 - July 2010) were funded by a University benefaction. In addition, the Digital Library have led, or been partners in, the following externally funded projects:

Open data for Art Research at the Tate (OpenART)

Dates

March 2011 - October 2011

Funder

Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC)

Partners

Acuity Unlimited, Tate

About

OpenART was a short project to design and expose linked open data for an important research dataset - "The London Art World 1660-1735", created as part of the AHRC funded Court, Country, City: British Art 1660 – 1735 project.

Outcomes and outputs

The York Cause Papers

 Dates

March 2011 - July 2011 

Funder 

Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) 

About 

Led by the Borthwick Institute for Archives, this was a ‘rapid digitisation project’ to digitise the York Cause Papers, 1600 ‐1800, a highly significant collection of manuscript material held at the University of York.  

Outcomes and Outputs 

Over 160,000 images of 12,154 Cause Papers, available via the existing Cause Papers catalogue

Automating Quality Assurance project (AQuA)

Dates 

March 2011 - July 2011 

Funder 

Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC)

Partners

University of Leeds (lead), University of York, British Library, Open Planets Foundation

About 

The AQuA Project applied a variety of existing software tools in order to automate quality assurance and assessment. Two AQuA events brought together digital preservation practitioners, collection curators and technical experts to present problematic digital collections, articulate requirements for their validation, and apply tools to automate the detection and identification of preservation and quality issues. 

York Digital Library: Integration for the Next Generation (YODL-ING)

Dates

March 2009 - July 2011

Funder

Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC)

Partners

Acuity Unlimited, University of Leeds

Outcomes and Outputs

LIFE-SHARE

 Dates

September 2009 - March 2011 

 Funder

Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) 

 Partners

University of Leeds (lead), University of York, University of Sheffield 

 About

The LIFE-SHARE project received funding from JISC in September 2009 to explore digitisation skills and strategies across the three White Rose Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York.

Sound, Archives, Film, Images Repository (SAFIR)

Dates

August 2007 - September 2009

Funder

Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC)

About

The SAFIR (Sound, Archives, Film, Images Repository) Project was established to aid the University of York in establishing a multimedia repository and flexible centralised Digital Library infrastructure.

Outcomes and Outputs

Other Projects

Through the Digital Library core budget and with internal funding, York Digital Library has worked on many small, and larger, projects. The following list is just a snapshot:

  • Painton Cowen: Several hundred images of stained glass windows from three French cathedrals, taken by History of Art research associate Painton Cowen.
  • Archaeology Slide Collection: Almost 5,000 digitised slides available in York Digital Library from the Department of Archaeology.
  • Institute of Advanced Architectural Study (IAAS): Digitised glass lantern slides from IAAS, from the Library’s Special Collections.
  • Past Exam Papers: Exam papers back to 2004 now available online in York Digital Library.
  • Minster Library: Online access to some unique volumes from the Minster Library, including Mother Shipton’s Cave, the Tabula Anglia and Theatrum Orbis Terrarum.