The Digitisation Centre of Western Australia

About us 

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The Digitisation Centre of Western Australia is an important piece of research infrastructure that aims to digitise, to global archival standards, the major Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences collections held in Western Australia. This Centre emerges from an innovative collaboration between the Western Australian universities, the State Library of Western Australia and the Western Australian Museum. The collections that are being digitised are of national and international significance.

Facilities and Equipment

The Digitisation Centre was made possible by a $1,100,000 Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities Grant from the Australian Research Council and $425,000 in cash contributions by the five Western Australian Universities, the State Library of Western Australia and the Western Australian Museum. In addition there has been a massive ‘in-kind’ contribution of time and expertise by staff at all participating institutions.

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 State Library of Western Australia donated a custom-built sound studio and helped to repurpose this for the needs of the Centre. Thanks to this extraordinary support from all those involved, the Digitisation Centre has been able to purchase a comprehensive range of world-class archival standard digitisation equipment and to install these in custom-designed archival digitisation facilities.

 

Facilities

 

Digitisation Centre Room

The Digitisation Centre is located at the University of Western Australia’s Crawley campus, on Level 2 of the Barry J Marshall Library. 

(from left to right) a female digitisation officer coverting a magnetic video into a digital video; a male digitisation officer scanning films

Dispatch Room

Dispatch room of the Digitisation Centre of WA with lift access to the digitisation room

The Centre features a secure room on the ground level of the Barry J Marshall Library which is especially fitted for receiving collections and preparing them for digitisation.

Audio Studio

The Centre’s Audio Studio is located at the State Library of Western Australia in the Perth Cultural Centre, Northbridge.

 

 

 

2D scanning

Digital Transitions Versa

The DT Versa is a complete digitization platform. The stand, camera, and column seamlessly integrate with our software for fast and easy preservation-grade digitization of bound materials, manuscripts, flat artwork, maps, plans and photographs.

Digitisation Centre of WA - DT Versa photography setup for digitising paper and photographic reflective material           A male digitisation officer capturing a theatre show program on DT Versa

Digital Transitions Atom

A female digitisation office capturing 35mm mounted slides on DT Atom photography setup

The DT Atom is a smaller platform that functions similarly to the DT Versa and is used by the DCWA to digitise transmissive items such as slides and negatives to the required archival preservation standards.

 

Kodak Alaris i4250

A powerful batch document scanner for high-volume capture, the Kodak Alaris is capable of handling an average of up to 30,000 pages per day and can scan a mixture of documents of different sizes and thicknesses, including fragile documents. It has sensitive built-in technology to avoid document damage and excellent OCR read rates for more precise data extraction with no loss of scanning speed.

 

Audio

Digitisation Room in State Library of WAThe Digitisation Centre’s Audio Digitisation Studio is located at the State Library of Western Australia.

The Audio Studio has the capacity to read all major analogue audio formats, including reel-to-reel, vinyl, cassettes and multiple other tape formats, and to ingest these to archival standards in digital format.

 

QUADRIGA Audio

QUADRIGA Audio is the solution for the digitisation of a variety of media types, transferring single carrier sound archives into digital mass storage systems, with a strong emphasis on audio quality and metadata accuracy. It allows capture from analogue compact-cassette recorders, analogue tape machines, Digital Audio Tapes, record players, and other machines.

 

Audiovisual

Lasergraphics ScanStation 6.5K

A male digitisation officer scanning film reels using Lasergraphics ScanStation 6.5K setup

The ScanStation is specially designed for archival film scanning. It offers up to 6.5K resolution, scanning speeds of up to 60 fps, and handles multiple film gauges including 8mm, Super 8mm, 16mm, Super 16mm, and 35mm. The ScanStation reads optical soundtracks at any frame rate and outputs the sound with correct pitch and in sync with the picture. 

Other features include severely warped film handling, multiple concurrent file outputs, HDR for colour and B&W film, Automatic Failed Splice Recovery, and best-in-class image stabilisation.

 

 

QUADRIGA Video

Various VHS and video Hi8 players on a shelf

QUADRIGA Video is a migration workstation designed for the quality-controlled transfer of video tapes into archive files on a large scale. It supports simultaneous, parallel capturing from video playback machines and supports the conversion of VHS, S-VHS, Betamax, Betacam, VHS-C, U-matic, DV, and Mini DV.

A male digitisation officer converting a magnetic video into a digital video using Quadriga Video software

 

Optical Media

The Centre has recently added a workstation dedicated to imaging disks in various formats, including floppy disks, zip disks, CDs and DVDs. 

The Centre is a partner on Australian Emulation Network: Accessing Born Digital Cultural Collections LIEF project, and is capable of running emulation on the Autralian EaaSI (Emulation-as-a-Service Infrastructure) browser-based platform.

Four 5.25 inch floppy disks on the desk         

Learn more

Current Projects

Unlocking Cultural Collections through Digitisation Webinar

Watch the webinar event above held by the Western Australian University Librarians (WAUL) on 11 December 2020 featuring the following four presentations:

  • 'Introduction to the Digitisation Centre of WA' by Scott Nicholls, Associate University Librarian, Research and Collections (UWA)
  • 'Using digital collections in research' by Professor Ben Smith, Associate Dean, Research (UWA)
  • 'Collection prioritisation' by Peter Green, Associate Director, Collections, Systems & Infrastructure (Curtin University)
  • 'Digital asset management' by Daniel Rozas Nunez, Manager Collection Care (SLWA)

Partners

The Digitisation Centre of Western Australia is a collaboration between the Western Australian universities, the Western Australian Museum and the State Library of Western Australia.

 

Curtin University logo Murdoch University logo

 

ECU logo University of Notre Dame logo UWA logo

 

SLWA logo WA Museum logo

 

The Digitisation Centre of Western Australia is an Australian Research Council funded project: LE200100123

Australian Research Council logo 

 

Our team

The Digitisation Centre is run and managed by three entities: DCWA Governance Board, DCWA Steering Committee and the digitisation team.

  1. DCWA Governance Board
    The DCWA Governance Board is responsible for the strategic management and utilisation of the DCWA.
  2. DCWA Steering Committee
    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.

    Current membership (2023/2024):
     Chair, University of Western Australia  Professor Benjamin Smith
     Curtin University  A/Professor Susanna Castleden
     Edith Cowan University  Professor Paul Arthur
     Murdoch University  Professor Helena Grehan
     WA Museum  Mr Evan Rogers
     WA State Library  Ms Sophie Farrar
     Curtin University Library  Mr David Wells
     ECU Library  Ms Constance Wiebrands
     Murdoch Library  Ms Claire Fletcher
     University of Notre Dame Library  Mr Stephen McVey
     UWA Library  Mr Scott Nicholls
     Co-opted Member  Assoc Professor Andrew Woods
     DCWA Coordinator  Ms Janet Luk
     Executive Officer (UWA)  Ms Debra Paisley
  3. DCWA Digitisation Team

a group photo of Digitisation Officers and Coordinator of DCWA

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. Currently five digitisation officers are working in the DCWA facilities in UWA and the State Library of WA.

Contact us

The Digitisation Centre of Western Australia

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Address - Main Digitisation Lab

Level 2, Barry J Marshall Library, Building 446, The University of Western Australia, 35 Stirling Highway, Crawley, WA 6009

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Address - Audio Studio

Level 2, State Library of Western Australia, Perth Cultural Precinct, 25 Francis Street, WA 6000

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