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Yes, you would need to capture it when it appears. Sorry if you know this, but in Windows, display the picture on your computer, hit PrtSc, open Paint, paste your screengrab. Trim away the bits you don't want and save the trimmed picture to a folder somewhere (noting where you got it from).Trevor
Thanks very much Trevor!Really interesting to hear of Gorleston popping up much further afield.We do have a local Facebook Group where similar things get posted, my worry is that it’s held within Facebook and we’d like to ultimately do something with the collection, either by way or a permanent display or similar - if it’s all in Facebook it’s pretty sporadic as to how it’s found again!My question really is on the logistical side though I think. We have web developers in house who can build submission technology for people who are scanning and uploading themselves, but from a pure digital collection management point of view I’m really interested to hear of any software that can help us to manage this.Thanks again for your feedback.Best,
I believe we at ‘Fakenham & District Community Archive’ operate in a similar fashion to that in which you are aiming to achieve?
Our website explains our operation and development as a digital archive since it’s foundation in 2002, so I won’t go into details about that here.
Our website displays only a small proportion of the contents of our entire database, which now contains tens of thousands of digitised photos, documents and other memories, which have been donated to us by our visiting public, and who has given their consent for us to archive them by means of a signed consent and GDPA form.
Apart from Photoshop CS2, Abbyy FineReader 14 (pdf software), we use nothing to sophisticated to manage our digitised material.
Our database is actually a dedicate folder within Windows 10 explorer with sub folders, one for each contributor. Each image is given a unique ref. number, together with key words within the file description; this makes it very easy to quickly access stored files using key words dates etc.. This search method also applies to searchable text in pdf docs which we create with Abbyy FineReader.
I hope that helps in some way
Website and archive manager
Fakenham & District Community Archive
PS. All being well, we hope to restart our public meetings again in the autumn.
You’d be welcome, if you’d like to visit and see how we do things.
Thanks for your post, and thank you to everyone who has replied.
Firstly in terms of software that you can use to manage your collection, a number of heritage groups use MODES software. This is usually meant for museum collections but can also be customised to manage archive collections. It might be worth having a chat with them to see how they can help you: https://www.modes.org.uk/
For displaying archive images, some groups have used Omeka, which is a simple platform you can use to create online exhibitions. This is like a ‘gallery’ space, whereas MODES is more like a ‘store room’ https://omeka.org/
If you are asking people to donate or loan images to you, it might be a good idea to write up a ‘Collecting Statement’ - this will allow you to set out what you will collect, and what you won’t. You can find out how to write one on our Community Archives Toolkit: https://www.archives.norfolk.gov.uk/community-archives/collections-management
Here is an example of a collecting statement: https://thamesmeadcommunityarchive.org.uk/archive-and-collection-policy
If you want to try cataloguing the material, we also have a guide to that: https://www.archives.norfolk.gov.uk/community-archives/cataloguing
I would say the key things to consider when posting images online is copyright and data protection.
You need to make sure that either you have the copyright, or whoever donates you the photo is happy to transfer copyright to you OR if not that they give you permission to display them. If the donor does not hold the copyright, then you need to find out who does - for example, the publisher of a postcard. They might ask you to apply for a licence in order to use it, which might involve a licence fee. When you take in some images, it's a good idea to have some donation paperwork that ensures the copyright situation is clear. You can find out about this here: https://www.archives.norfolk.gov.uk/community-archives/collections-management/accessioning
If you can’t trace the copyright holder, then it’s your own risk whether you publish the image online. It could be an ‘orphan work’ - this means that if there’s no obvious copyright holder and you can prove the image is over 70 years old then it’s ok to publish. Otherwise, you can put a ‘takedown policy’ on your website - this means that if someone contacts you with proof of copyright, and they object to you publishing the image, you are obliged to take it down.
With regards to data protection, this means that if anyone is identifiable in an image, and they are likely to still be alive, you have to ask their permission to put up the image. In most cases with this kind of material it will be ok, but you never know, someone may object to it! Again this is where a takedown policy is useful. Here is an example of a takedown policy: https://www.archives.norfolk.gov.uk/about-us/policies/sound-archive-notice-and-take-down-policy
This is a very good talk about copyright in digital archives:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKH94_miaLI&t=1s
Finally, the Community Archives and Heritage Group are offering a webinar called ‘Digital skills: Getting your collections online’ which is 10:00-11:00 on Wednesday 23rd June. If you’d to book a place, or if you have any further questions, please email me at robin....@norfolk.gov.uk . I know this is all a lot to take in!
Hopefully this is of use to other groups too.
Robin Sampson, Archivist for the Community Archives: Skills Support and Sustainability project