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How is the project consortium organised?

The initial project for the Transport Archive initiative involves a four-way association between various institutions from across the UK. The Three Centuries of Transport consortium comprises three associate partnerships:

The Last Main Line - Leicestershire County Council (lead member)

The Last Main Line website tells the story of the rise and closure of the Great Central Railway. The site contains a large online archive of images from various collections; in particular the unique Newton Archive, which depicts the railway's construction.

Bridging the Years - Trafford Borough Council and Salford City Council

The Bridging the Years website provides a comprehensive record of the story of four great undertakings; the Bridgewater Canal, the Manchester Ship Canal, Trafford Park and Salford Quays; creating an online archive of several thousand images from various collections.

Aviation Heritage - South Gloucestershire Council

The Aviation Heritage Partnership website provides a comprehensive record of the story of aeroplane design and manufacture in South Gloucestershire, ranging from the early Box Kite to Airbus via Concorde, including a large image database.

Technical Partner- De Montfort University, Leicester

De Montfort University are the technical partner to the consortium and are responsible for the following aspects of the project:

  1. The technical guidance and liaison with Consortium members.
  2. The identification, appraisal and agreement of appropriate technical systems.
  3. To work with Consortium members to develop a common design template.
  4. Customisation to allow for individualisation, according to corporate identities.
  5. The creation of a linking "portal" site that will provide access to all three sites.
  6. The provision of a common centralised image capture and digitisation facility.
  7. The creation of three separate, but interoperable, databases.
  8. The agreement of metadata standards and indexing requirements for images.

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