Remote Capture: Digitising Documentary Heritage in Challenging Locations




British Library


Open Book Publishers



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This e-book provides detailed information on every stage involved in the process of digitaization of archives at risk. It can be downloaded from the website of the Open Book Publishers, a not-for-profit publisher providing free access of academic books.

The e-book is a compilation of field experiences in heritage digitization under the Endangered Archives Programme (EAP), supported by Arcadia, a charitable fund that focusses on documentary heritage preservation in challenging situations including Latin America, Asia and Africa. EAP is a grant program that provides support to digitize cultural heritage at risk from war, theft, neglect, climate change, or vulnerability of minority groups who possess them. The digital preservation of archives facilitates preservation as well as open access to anyone interested in exploring and understanding heritage relevant to the pre-modern era. The chapters provide a broad framework of essential skills such as project management, camera set-up and equipment handling techniques.

Some of the areas discussed in the e-book are:

  • Equipment and skills for digitising in the field
  • Collection care and document handling
  • A workflow for digitization