Partnership & Digitisation
A partnership between the National Archives and the Houses of the Oireachtas Service led to the jointly funded digitisation of DE/2 and DE/4.
The National Archives also received funding from the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht’s Culture Division’s digitisation fund.
A contract team including a preservation assistant, scanning operatives and a metadata cataloguer worked on the files in three distinct phases: Conserving, digitising and creating metadata.
Let’s take a closer look at preparing documents for scanning:
To ensure that the text of the files can be clearly read and the documents can be safely handled through the imaging process, the following measures were taken:
Final Conservation Statistics:
DE/2 files: 13,923 pages were cleaned, flattened and repaired
DE/4 files: 22,240 pages were cleaned, flattened and repaired