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PortCities Southampton has been made possible with the help and co-operation of many partners and contractors.

Most of the digitisation work was undertaken by Micromedia Ltd. after an extensive tendering exercise. Some materials were scanned (using flatbed scanners or an overhead digital camera) at Micromedia's facility in Bicester, Oxfordshire. Others were digitised onsite in Southampton for security reasons. Micromedia also produced ship data from the register books published by Lloyd's Register; this was a complex process involving microfilming, scanning from the microfilm, producing TIFF and PDF versions of the pages, and rekeying of information for creating a searchable database. 

Webarriba.com designed and built the ship database following consultation with project staff. This involved compiling and merging 16 million keystroked of data, and linking them to 35 000 pages from the Register of Ships published by Lloyd's Register between 1930 and 1945.

Early development on databases and software was carried out by Mark Meaney and Sami Ward of Software Solutions Enterprise Ltd. 

Chris Litton digitised soundclips from Southampton's Oral History Archive, converting them to MP3 format and arranging a transcription for reading as an alternative to listening. Chris edits the Southampton Talking Echo newspaper.

Roy Fenton wrote the learning themes on Registers and records, Wrecks and accidents, Life of a port, Diversity of ships, Sea People and On the line.

Richard Freeman helped with developing educational content. We also benefitted from sharing ideas and collaborating with the other PortCities projects in Bristol, Hartlepool, Liverpool and London.

All the custodians of the materials we arranged to digitise gave their time and advice freely. In Southampton, this involved colleagues from Archives Services, Local Collections, Oral History Archive and Special Collections Library. And others helped in our partners - Lloyd's Register, London Metropolitan Archives, National Maritime Museum and the World Ship Society.

The team in IT Services in Southampton City Council created and installed the Tridion content management system that powers the website, and all the databases that sit behind it.

A final thank-you to Tony Richards (former City Librarian) and Lorna Payne (former Principal Reference Librarian) for encouraging the grant bid, and allowing time to develop the project. We hope that they are both pleased with the results.

Stephen Grace, Lisa Moore, Alex Oake and Chris Olding (to January 2004), the project team.


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