Digital Index for Society’s Journal -Pembrokeshire Historical Society

Digital

Project Description:

The Journal indexing project is aimed at making the historical research embodied in our annual Journal more accessible to historians, schools and the interested public. This would be achieved by visitors to our website being able to search the Journals using keywords and tags to find the subject, place or person they are interested in. Currently, historians can only consult a Contents index for each Journal i.e. by title of the article, but this is a very far cry from a proper index and in comparison of far less value.

Project Achievements:

The Journal indexing project is aimed at making the historical research embodied in our annual Journal more accessible to historians, schools and the interested public. This would ,be achieved by visitors to our website being able to search the Journals using keywords and tags to find the subject, place or person they are interested in. Currently, historians can only consult a Contents index for each Journal i.e. by title of the article, but this is a very far cry from a proper index and in comparison of far less value. With more and more historical sources being made available via the internet, we feel it is important to join this trend both for the convenience of researchers but also to demonstrate to our contributors that their articles will reach a wide audience not only in the immediate future but for years to come. In doing so we hope to establish the Journal as a first port of call for historians who wish to publish their work on Pembrokeshire thus upholding the reputation and standards of the Journal by attracting high quality work. Our academic journals are produced annually and cover a wide variety of topics relating to the history of West Wales. Their lack of an index presents a severe impediment to researchers and as such are a largely untapped resource. We frequently receive requests for research information typically from TV and radio researchers and Welsh descendants living both in other parts of the UK and abroad.

1. Make the contents of the Journals easily accessible to all the categories of users named above.
2. Promote the Journal and thus attract a flow of high quality contributions. The index will guarantee that any contributor’s work will remain permanently available to readers and not disappear into obscurity.
3. Create a strong identity for the Society via the website to attract more members.
4. Provide links through the website to other local history groups and research bodies such as the National Library of Wales, the Royal Commission, the County Archives and others.
5. Enable applications for membership to be made via the website.
6. Enable the Society to produce information leaflets about the index and its activities for distribution in suitable locations.
7. Bring the Society into contact with a broad spectrum of potential members and disseminate knowledge and awareness of Pembrokeshire’s heritage to a wide audience.
8. Offer the facility to local authors and other local societies who may wish to share the digital indexing facility for their own work.

Project Beneficiaries:

Historians, researchers academics, schools, TV and radio researchers, Welsh descendants in UK and abroad, other historical societies and research bodies such as the National Library of Wales, the Royal Commission, the County Archives and others. Benefits Pembrokeshire as a whole by digitising its history and making it more accessible to a wider audience.

Ann Sayer

01348 811614

ann.sayer@btinternet.com