I am writing to thank you most sincerely for CDDA’s services (as sub-contractor to CMC) to the General Register Office, Northern Ireland, in the successful delivery of the Digitisation Project. The efforts of CMC and CDDA which resulted in completion of the project ahead of schedule were much appreciated, especially given the complexities involved in digitising records of varying age and quality.
The replacement of the manual certificate process has made a major difference to the way GRONI works and to the level of service we can now provide to our customers. The completion of this project has also provided for the first time in Northern Ireland a full electronic index and image retrieval system of all life event records dating back to 1845.
Throughout the project I have been impressed by the professionalism, skills and expertise demonstrated by the CDDA staff in particular the Management Team, Elaine Reid, David Hardy and Anthony Anderson. At the same time, I wish to extend my gratitude to the entire CDDA Team, all of whom successfully met the many challenges associated with this project.
T N CAVEN (DR)
Registrar General & Chief Executive
Any successful crowdsourcing project is, as Trevor Owens notes, ‘built upon a long-standing tradition of volunteerism and involvement of citizens in the creation and development of public good.’ It is also built on technical expertise and problem-solving, which drive that engagement and facilitate new ways in which the academy and heritage organisations can interact with and enable public participation. We are grateful to Mr. David Hardy, Senior IT Technical Officer at the CDDA, in the School of Natural and Build Environment at Queen’s, for his industry and expertise in building this platform, which is at the core or our AHRC Translating Cultures Féile History project and which provides a paradigm for future crowdsourcing projects at the university.
Lecturer in Irish Literature
We used the Centre for Digitisation and Analysis in Queen’s University, Belfast to help us with the vast amount of Irish language material needed in digital form to put Foclóir Stairiúil na Gaeilge together. This included material printed in the challenging older Irish script, as well as more modern material. Communication was always easy, prompt and clear, and the work sent back to us was of a very high standard, and done in a very timely manner. Dealing with them has always been a pleasure and we and we look forward to working with them again in the future.” Click here for website
Dr Déirdre D'Auria
National Museums Northern Ireland (NMNI), as part of its collections documentation and access objectives, has required support to realised important projects requiring data preparation and digitisation across a wide range of collections related material. Outsourcing such work brings a range of different challenges. The Centre for Data Digitisation and Analysis, their equipment, staff and experience have demonstrated an ability to fulfil a project on time, to the required standard and within budget. This level of confidence have proved to be essential in realising our objectives.
Head of Collections Management
"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."
Senior Research Officer, NCVO
‘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.’
Since August 2013 the East Belfast & The Great War Research Project (funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund) have engaged with CDDA through Living Legacies at QUB. Their innovation and professionalism ensured that our 'Antiques Roadshow' style events were hugely successful. As the project now comes to a close CDDA have stretched themselves to ensure that our requests have been met, and for that we are grateful. We look forward to working with the team at CDDA and Living Legacies in the future.
Co-ordinator of the East Belfast & The Great War Research Project