“Digitising the Diaries of Aloys Fleischmann: a prototype for novices” is a thesis project undertaken by Róisín O’Brien, with the collaboration of the Fleischmann family and under the guidance of practitioners, as part of a Masters in Digital Arts and Humanities at University College Cork (UCC), Ireland.
The project involved the digitisation of the 1926 and 1927 diaries of the late German-born Irish composer, Aloys Fleischmann (1910 – 1992). In addition to digital preservation, the aim of the Fleischmann Diaries project was to create a freely available digitisation prototype for scholars and non-practitioners, providing them with a reproducible model. The project focused on digital photography and the online publication of the digitised archive. Future expansion will consist of metadata development, which will transform the site into an enhanced scholarly resource. A supporting dissertation, documenting the technical process and establishing a theoretical basis, will be issued as an Open Access publication at the Cork Open Research Archive in November 2013.