ITMA Announces the Awarding of Heritage Council Funding for 2022

ITMA is delighted to announce the awarding of Community Heritage Grant Scheme 2022 funding from The Heritage Council of Ireland for its project “Physical to Digital: A Complete Scanning Solution for the Irish Traditional Music Archive.”

Archive folders
Archives preserved thanks to previous Heritage Council funding

In February 2022 ITMA applied to the Heritage Council of Ireland for funding under their Community Heritage Grant Scheme.

The aim of this scheme is to support capital projects that improve access and inclusion to heritage sites; that apply good heritage practice to the management of places, collections, or objects (including buildings). The scheme also supports the purchase of essential equipment. This scheme is intended to enable communities and heritage non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to continue their work in this area or to start new initiatives. - Heritage Council, 2022
Physical to Digital: A Complete Scanning Solution for the Irish Traditional Music Archive
Project Aim

The aim of ITMA's project is to purchase a permanent, specialised large format archival scanning system to future-proof in-house digitisation of print, image, manuscript & artefact collections.

Long-term Impact

The Heritage Council has heavily funded traditional preservation methods in ITMA for many years. Recently ITMA has witnessed significant momentum away from physical access & towards remote digital access. An in-house archival A2 large-format scanning system will enable ITMA to continue to provide content on-demand for the phenomenal numbers of users who continue to access our digital content, thus building on previous Heritage Council investment and ensuring ITMA remains relevant and current in this digital age. The long-term preservation of all files created will be managed in Perpetua, ITMA's Digital Repository.

Examples of large format book scanners

Project Importance

One of ITMA’s main strategic priorities is to move the largest physical collection of Irish traditional music to the largest digital archive of its type to be found anywhere in the world. Digital transformation is costly & requires capital outlays and increased investment in hardware and new software. By supporting the purchase of this essential equipment the Heritage Council is assisting in the delivery of this strategic goal thereby improving access to these collection for users. Digital objects/exhibitions animate archive collections and make them easily discoverable and searchable by all.

Public Benefit

A growing local, national & global community of practitioners & those interested in Irish traditional music, song & dance will have free universal access to ITMA collections through the act of digitisation & online curation. The move from physical to digital democratises public access which in-turn reinvigorates the living tradition. ITMA has a proven track record in reaching new audiences through its online collections which is borne out in its year-on-year growth in online engagement. Digitised materials connects a larger artistic community with archival materials to inspire new art.

Heritage Week 2022

This year Heritage week will run from the 13 August – 21 August 2022. We look forward to working on this project in the coming weeks and months.

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