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BT Digital ArchivesCoventry University, BT plc and The National Archives Digitisation and Archives JISC: championing innovation in, & use of, digital technologies on behalf of UK education & research Project funding: e-Content Capital Programme Coventry University: research & exploitation - in digital humanities/archiving, digital technology for learning & developing skills BT: ‘world-class’ archive – chronological span, subject scope, national/international heritage TNA: leading expertise in curation/preservation & digitisation The world’s oldest communications company A story that stretches from the birth of the electric telegraph in the 1830s to the explosion of the internet and the rise of competition Our unique and nationally significant collection charts the development of communications services in the UK Our collection illustrates the leading role the UK, BT and its predecessors played in the progress of communications technology and its influence on society BT Archives
  • Private telegraph and telephone companies
  • Post Office telecommunications
  • BT plc
  • Historical phone books
  • Photographic - c500,000 images
  • Film - over 2000 titles
  • Advertising - 30,000 separate pieces
  • Reference library
  • Artefacts
  • What to digitise?
  • Breadth and depth (and pretty stuff)
  • HE focus (and ‘general public’)
  • photographs research reports subject/ registry files Category A: 93,020 scans Category B: 182,757 scans Category C: 232,378 scans Selection criteria
  • technology milestones
  • national events
  • international reach
  • Government policy
  • industrial relations
  • diversity
  • iconic products & services
  • Scans breakdown by category Learning points
  • Language
  • file? archive? digital archive?
  • Sampling
  • conservation
  • number of pages
  • Counting
  • finding number? box? scans?
  • timesheets
  • Timescales
  • Uncatalogued material
  • Expect the unexpected
  • Appetite for archives
  • www.bt.com/btdigitalarchives
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