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Projects Ongoing

Staff from the Centre for Data Digitisation and Analysis are currently working on a number of projects, some grant funded, others on a commercial contract basis. Details of these projects are listed below. Some have their own WWW pages. Please look Services and Outputs and see how the Unit can help support your project.

National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO)

National Council for Voluntary Organisations - NCVO

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) is the umbrella body for the voluntary and community sector in England. NCVO works to support the voluntary and community sector and to create an environment in which an independent civil society can flourish. NCVO has a membership of over 10,000 voluntary organisations. These range from large national bodies to community groups, volunteer centres, and development agencies working at a local level.


"CDDA have provided a first-class service for us for five years, turning charity account PDFs into useful data, which we use to produce up-to-date statistics on the UK's voluntary sector. CDDA's dedication and attention to detail have been a real asset to our project."

David Kane
Senior Research Officer, NCVO

Digitising Scotland

Digitising Scotland

14 million birth records, 4 million marriage records and 11 million death records will be processed by the Digitising Scotland project

The University of Edinburgh Longitudinal Study Centre – Scotland (LSCS) has received funding from the ESRC to create a multidisciplinary research database from historical vital events records. The Digitising Scotland (DS) project will digitise up to 24 million Scottish vital events record images (birthsmarriages and deaths) since 1856. This will allow research access to individual-level information on some 18 million individuals – a large proportion of those who have lived in Scotland since 1856. At the moment these records are kept as indexed images accessible from Scotland’s People, but this means that to extract data for research projects a researcher must first search for an individual record by name, and then manually transcribe the information they need themselves (eg cause of death, occupation, etc). This has made any large-scale research project impossible – a situation that the Digitising Scotland project will change.

Work Packages

The project contains 4 work packages:

  1. Digitising birth, marriages and death vital events records from 1856 to 1973.
  2. Standardising and coding occupation descriptions to the Historical International Standard Classification of Occupations (HISCO).
  3. Standardising and coding all deaths to the International Classification of Disease – 10 (ICD-10).
  4. Linking address information to consistent geographies through time.

For further information please visit :-

University of Edinburgh   National Records of Scotland ESRC Logo

Heritage Hub

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Heritage Hub @ QUB (2020-10-30)

The Heritage Hub is an initiative that forms part of the University's 'Engaged Research' strategy and programme. 

The aim of the Hub is to connect external heritage groups, organisations and bodies to university-based researchers, both at Queen's as well as more widely across the university and HE sector, within Northern Ireland, the UK, Ireland and beyond.  

Bridging across Faculty structures and disciplines, the Heritage Hub welcomes all to share our experiences and expertise of heritage research practice and projects, through workshops, events, outreach, training, for mutual benefit, promoting a common belief in 'heritage for all'. 

The Heritage Hub @ QUB is the point of contact for all from the wider community interested in how the past lives on today. This invitation is all-encompassing, for community groups, individuals, as well as policy-makers and professionals across the heritage sector, spanning cultural, natural and built heritage. 

At the core of Heritage Hub is a group of like-minded researchers from different subjects and disciplines at Queen's, whose interests in heritage are reflected in our Hub's six themes. Each of the themes has a pair of academic leads, and each is open to all those wishing to get involved with our Hub's networks, events and projects. 

The Hub is coordinated by Professor Keith Lilley, and the Hub themes are coordinated by Dr Leonie Hannan, Professor Audrey Horning, Dr M. Satish Kumar, Dr Agustina Martire, Dr Will Megarry, and Dr Olwen Purdue. 

Young Life and Times (Northern Ireland) Survey

YLT 2020

Kids Life Times Survey

All too often the opinions of young people are ignored when decisions are made about many of the issues involving them.

However, the Young Life and Times Survey gives young people the chance to tell us about their experiences of school, and their views on politics, sectarianism and other social issues.

By inviting respondents to suggest topics for the next year's survey, we make sure that the issues covered are relevant to the lives of young people in Northern Ireland today.

From 1998 to 2000, Young Life and Times sought the views of all 12 to 17 year olds living in the same household as respondent to the Northern Ireland Life and Times survey.

However, in 2003, the aims and methodology of the survey were changed. From 2003 onwards, Young Life and Times will record the attitudes of 16 year olds only. Further details can be found in the technical notes of the survey.

Questions within the survey are grouped into modules. The range of modules varies from year to year.

Whether you are at school or at college, work in the media, government or voluntary sector, or whether you are just interested in what the people of Northern Ireland think about the issues of the day, we hope you find something useful in this web-site. Browse the web-site and find out.


‘I direct Young Life and Times (YLT) – an annual postal attitude survey of 16 year olds. It is in its 13th year now, which makes it one of the longest running surveys of this nature in the UK and Ireland. CDDA has been contracted to undertake the survey data digitisation for YLT for the last two years – a task which had previous been undertaken by contractors in England. YLT really benefitted from moving data digitisation and input to CDDA. Not only provide they a high data quality, follow a rigorous protocol in terms of data security and have local knowledge which improves data accuracy, but the close proximity of CDDA also meant that we saved time and any queries could be resolved face-to-face very quickly.’

Dirk Schubotz (YLT Director)

Heritage NI

Heritage NI

Heritage NI

Heritage NI is for all those interested in exploring the past through getting involved in heritage events and programmes, festivals and outreach activities across Northern Ireland and beyond.

Inniskillings Museum

The Inniskillings Museum is an accredited museum and a registered charity located at Enniskillen Castle in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. The museum has an extensive collection relating to the two Inniskilling regiments raised in 1688 - the Royal Inniskillings Fusiliers and the 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards. The museum collection comprises more than 30,000 artefacts and 150,000 paper and print archives from all around the world.

Project Aim
This project will aim to create and deliver digital representations of irreplaceable historical documents, letters, diaries, maps and photographs relating to the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, in order to improve access to, and foster a greater understanding of, the materials held in the museum’s archives. The pre-1900 archives are at greatest risk primarily due to their age, but also due to their use and storage over the past decades, and it is this collection of unique and irreplaceable documents that Access Inniskillings will focus on.

Project Outputs

  • Digitisation of all pre-1900 paper, print and photographic archives.
  • Successful protection and storage of the original archives.
  • Increased numbers of visitors accessing the museum library & archive suite to view the digitised archives.
  • New online visitors accessing the digitised archives.
  • Increased numbers of cross-community organisations in County Fermanagh engaging with the Inniskillings Museum annually as a direct result of this project.
  • Post regular updates to the museum Twitter account on the progress of the project.
  • Publish an online Story Map with links to digital facsimiles of original archives relating to the Fermanagh Light Infantry recruits and their homes between 1853 and 1865.
  • Deliver 2 community engagement events per annum showcasing a behind-the-scenes look at the ongoing preservation and digitisation of the museum archives.
  • Prepare and launch an online exhibition focusing on the preservation and digitisation of the museum archives.
  • Prepare and launch 2 online exhibitions focusing on archives from the Battle of Waterloo and the Crimean War.
  • Increase the number of new volunteers enlisted at the Inniskillings Museum through LELP.
  • Provide training for museum volunteers to deliver Access Inniskillings.
  • Create a dedicated workspace with an overhead cradle scanner for future digitisation of newly acquired archives by museum staff and volunteers.
  • Increase in volunteer hours engaged with Access Inniskillings.

Please click here to vist the project website.