The Digitisation Workshop

Our free Digitisation Workshops help organisations gain an understanding of the processes involved in starting a digitisation project from capture through to serving of the digitised content.

Please register your interest for the next workshop on 14th March 2018


In 2015 we held our first of many Digitisation workshops at our studio in Nuneaton. The day consisted of a number of talks on various aspects of digitisation including opportunities for discussion with our independent speakers to talk through how to plan and implement a successful digitisation project.

Our digitisation workshops are for the libraries, archives and museums sector. Our main aim will be to show you an end to end digitisation process from capture through to online serving of the digitised content.

As well as talks, two discussion sessions have specifically been inserted into the agenda to give everyone attending the workshop a chance to air specific questions about their projects, both with the experts in the room and with each other. These will not be panel sessions, instead we will be spreading our speakers and experts throughout the room so that more people have a chance to converse about what interests them. There will also be lunch, tea breaks and time available after we conclude at 3:00pm to ask further questions.

Very enjoyable day learning about different digitisation techniques. The talks were very informative and lunch was lovely.- Lorna McColl, University for the Creative Arts
Informative, engaging, practical. Didn't hide any pitfalls and what to expect.- Marcus D.Wardle, The Hockey Museum
I also got a lot out of discussions with the other participants, since it widened my view and made me look at things from different angles.- Sian Mogridge, Hackney Archives
The Digitisation Workshop Lunch
The Digitisation Workshop Geoff
The Digitisation Workshop Tour

The Presenters

Paul Negus

Paul Negus

Managing Director, Genus

Paul has 25 years experience in the microfilm industry, presiding over The Microfilm Shop as it expanded into scanning equipment and digitisation services as the Genus Group. Paul has helped select the best of breed equipment ranges for the Genus Group, ranging through microfilm scanners, microfilm writers, document scanners, book scanners and high end capture devices. Through his experience of dealing with historic information on microfilm Paul understands the long term archiving requirements of organisations.

Chris Elwell

Chris Elwell

Production Manager, Genus

Chris is General Manager of Genus and directly controls the Genus Digitisation Division. Chris has been with Genus for 21 years and has extensive knowledge and management of many book, plan, slide and microfilm scanning projects. Chris sets up every job that comes into Genus and manages every project through to completion.

Andrew Austin

Andrew Austin

Head of Digitisation Solutions, Genus

Andrew previously worked at the British Library as the Imaging Services Manager. Andrew has many years of experience in digitisation and has worked on projects ranging from single items of great value through to bulk digitisation.

Geoff Laycock

Geoff Laycock

Scan Data Experts

Geoff Laycock is the director of the independent digitisation and information management consultancy firm Scan Data Experts.

Geoff has been working in the museum and heritage sector for over 15 years designing and implementing a wide range of digitisation projects. Formerly the senior consultant for HEDS (the Higher Education Digitisation Service) Geoff has worked on many large scale digitisation projects including the Old Bailey Online, the Hansard Archive and the digitisation of the Design Museum Collection. Geoff is a specialist in digital imaging, project design and the use of metadata with database systems to deliver open access digital content online.

Fiona Coughlan


Fiona has extensive experience working within software technology companies. As the second person to join Adobe in the UK then joining Macromedia in the mid 90’s she developed her sales and marketing knowledge enabling her to take on the position of Managing Director for Macromedia Northern Europe in 1998. Here she established the most successful new business sales region within EMEA before being joining Autodesk to initiate and deliver a “best practice” Enterprise sales strategy.

Since then Fiona has focused on working with Private Equity and Venture backed software vendors in a consulting or non-exec capacity to build and coach sales organisations. During her time at Capture as head of sales and marketing she is supporting the growth of the business by taking their new product developments to market whilst working closely with existing clients.


The Workshops are held at our digitisation studio in Nuneaton:

Genus, Hammond Close, Nuneaton, Warwickshire, CV11 6RY


Complete the form below to register your interest for the next workshop.

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What sort of material are you planning to digitise? (Please tick as many as you want.)

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