The Digitisation Centre of Western Australia was set up with the goal of digitising collections of national and international significance around the state. Since its beginnings in 2021, the Centre continues to grow in exciting directions.
Jan ’20 – April ‘22
LIEF grant was successful, with $1,100,00 provided to establish the centre. Contributions were also made by five Western Australian Universities, the State Library of Western Australia and the Western Australian Museum.
This marked the start of phase 1 of the Centre. Thanks to this extraordinary support from all those involved, the Digitisation Centre was able to purchase a comprehensive range of world-class archival standard digitisation equipment and install these in custom-designed archival digitisation facilities. The University of Western Australia donated a large laboratory room and paid for the custom refurbishment of this room to accommodate the bulk of the equipment of the Centre. The Digitisation Centre has also come into an agreement with the State Library of Western Australia for a shared access to the audio studio facilities in the Library. DCWA team began digitising priority projects from partner collections and worked toward becoming a fully operational centre.
May ’22 – present
The Centre expanded into a fee-based digitisation service and began expanding its team and services.
Meet the team
The Digitisation Centre is broken into three key sections: DCWA Governance Board, DCWA Steering Committee and the digitisation team.
The Steering Committee comprises of members from all project partner organisations. The Committee is responsible for overseeing the infrastructure and operations of DCWA. The DCWA coordinator meets with the committee regularly to discuss priorities, key changes and goals for the coming projects.
The digitisation team are the staff behind the daily operations of the Digitisation Centre. Each member brings distinctive skills that allow DCWA to run efficiently, maintain international standards in digitisation, and build relationships with collection custodians.
Coordinator: Janet Luk
Digitisation Officer: Ben Heath
Digitisation Officer: Jameson Feakes
Digitisation Officer: Maureen Blackford
Digitisation Officer: Emma Stokes
Digitisation Officer: Emma Brand
This Centre emerges from an innovative collaboration between the Western Australian universities, the State Library of Western Australia and the Western Australian Museum.
The Digitisation Centre of Western Australia is an Australian Research Council funded project: LE200100123