Update on the online release of 20,000 vaccination reports from British India – the JPEGs and SIDs have been created, files and records checked and transciptions (htm files) ingested into the Library’s Access database.
So far, so good. After my colleagues in the digital team export the Access records to a test site I’ll be checking the metadata and functionability before the records are added to the existing Medical History of British India website.
Meanwhile, I have been editing my intern Simon’s web text about the history of smallpox and man’s attempts to contain and consequently eradicate it. There is also a great section on the vaccination programme in India, highlighting what to expect in the reports. This will be added to the ‘About the collection’ pages alongside some sample images.
We’re planning to have the vaccination reports online early next year if all goes to plan, so watch this blog for more news….