UKAD Forum 2014

Standards for Discovery: From the small archive to the European stage

The UKAD Forum is a day for bringing together anyone interested in opening up archives for research and re-use, whatever your level of practical or theoretical knowledge, and the theme this year was standards for discovery.

The 2014 UKAD Forum was fully booked well beforehand, and delegates enjoyed a very busy day centred around the importance of data standards.

We had a very lively 'Mass Metadata Mapping Movement' and we also asked delegates to give us some feedback about their use of and attitudes towards data standards. You can read more about this on the Descriptive Standards Roundtable page of the ARA website.

Cathy Williams has written a piece for Digital Heritage on the 2014 Forum.

Take a look, too, at a write-up of the day by Jenny Mitcham on the Digital Archiving at the University of York blog, Discovering Archives: it's all about the standards

Presentation Audio

Listen to the UKAD Forum presentations (available from The National Archives website).

Presentation transcripts and powerpoints

You can now access the following presentations:

NB: If you experience problems accessing the newer powerpoint format (.pptx) or Word format (docx) then please right click on the link, then select 'save target as' or 'save link as' and modify the title that you see to be either .ppt or .doc (as relevant). You can then save and open the document.

Going where the people are: the role of data standards, Nick Poole, Collections Trust (links to a transcript of the text)

The Archives Hub: Putting the data centre stage (part of the 'Raising the Standard' Session), Jane Stevenson, The Archives Hub

How Systems Support Standards, Malcolm Howitt (Axiell)

More than just Data Standards: Enabling Online Access to Archive, Ronan Deazley & Victoria Stobo, University of Glasgow

Descriptive Standards Roundtable, Jenny Bunn


Click on the links below to access the excellent posters from the Forum:

Collections Information Policies, Melinda Haunton, The National Archives

Melinda says: "I used my UKAD poster to ask why. Why have we not had collections information policies? What might they be used for? And, at the most basic level, what might go into such a policy?" Read some of the responses to Collections Information Policies.

Documenting the Understanding of Human Intelligence, Emma Anthony, Edinburgh University Library

ISDF, ISAAR and the HEI Classification Scheme, Lindsay Ince, University of Huddersfield

Metadata Marvels at the UK Data Archive, Louise Corti

British Council: History of English Language Assessment, archives in context and as context, Melissa Downing

Transport for London and the Historical Model Railway Society: standards for discovery, Tamara Thornhill

Past Place: the global gazetteer from the people who brought you A Vision of Britain through Time, Humphrey Southall, University of Portsmouth