Linda Kaye (BUFVC)

Linda KayeI work as Research Executive at the British Universities Film & Video Council (BUFVC). One aspect of my work is to develop and manage projects which will promote the use of moving image and sound within higher education, a fundamental aim of the BUFVC. My background as a film archivist (British Film Institute) and conservator (Tate), together with my experience as a researcher/manager for two AHRC projects involving large scale digitisation components, means I now have considerable expertise in the provision of digital resources to the academic community. It is in this capacity that I work closely with university partners to formulate and refine research grant applications and, if successful, manage our project element within it.

Within the Channel 4 and British Film Culture project I’m responsible for the digitisation of around 1100 Channel 4 press packs (November 1982 to June 2002) and the development of the database and website. I’ll also be working with the rest of the project team to ensure that this process is as transparent as possible – to encourage digital literacy – and an iterative one. We want to ensure that the final website, in terms of functionality and design, will really be responsive to the needs of an academic researcher.

At the moment I’m working on a pilot to test and establish a process for scanning and tagging the 80,000 pages that make up the press packs. We have taken five press packs from a range of years which we have scanned with Optical Character Recognition (OCR), which basically separates out the text. I have developed an XML schema to determine how we might tag the text within the documents so that it can be exported into a database. This will determine what fields, such as broadcast date, can be specifically searched. We are currently applying this to the text, seeing how many exceptions occur and what amendments might be required.