Integrated Skills, Integrated Data: Mapping Best Practice and Collections for Innovation and Engagement
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In recent years the University of Edinburgh [UoE] has seen change, mergers, external partnerships and innovation at the heart of its growth and activity. Collections at UoE were not immune from these changes and have pioneered projects that both support and highlight unique educational cultures. Technology and the dissemination of collections has not only engendered positive relationships with academics but has created wider opportunities for the use of collections in teaching, learning and research. This momentum and an established commitment to the interoperability of data and standards presented an opportunity to look for a global solution to collections management within the converged, cross disciplinary environment. This included harnessing expertise in the University with systems development for large European projects and wider project management. This session will explore how UoE became the first European contributor to the collections management tool Archives Space. Snapshots of a converged culture and how 'archives' have benefited from this (including how 'techies' and 'archivists' worked together). An upbeat finale will look at what the team at the UoE achieved and are excited about for the future.