About Max Communications.

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About Max Communications

1Max have specialised in high quality digitisation and archive services for more than two decades. This expertise is coupled with a distinctive and well-established culture for developing friendly, long-term and mutually beneficial relationships with our clients. Our close association with a wide range of organisations and sectors has created an understanding of digital production workflows and quality assurance principles that we believe is unmatched by any other company within the industry. Our ISO9001 certification for Quality Assurance Management is an important tool for maintaining these very high standards.

In addition to our core digitisation offering, Max also provide a range of archiving services. These include conservation, our archives management and digital preservation services DRYAD and SOTERIA, physical storage for archives, our cataloguing and indexing platform, THEMIS, and a full range of archives consultancy services to help ensure that a new project gets off to the best possible start.

In the course of these activities we manage, preserve and store hundreds of terrabytes of data on a daily basis. Needless to say we take very seriously the safeguarding of our clients’ material and data, as evidenced by our ISO27001 and Cyber Essentials Plus accreditations for Information Security Management.

We take our environmental responsibilities extremely seriously and are delighted to have been awarded ISO14001 Certification for Environmental Management. ISO 14001 sets the global standard for Environmental Management Systems and Max passed this certification at first attempt, being granted for three years rather than the standard one year.

In 2016 we were granted the Royal Warrant for ‘Digitisation and Archive Services’ by appointment to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. We are privileged to be the only digitisation company in the country to hold this accolade.

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I have worked with Max Communications and the team for some years. In recent work with their Archivematica iteration in the College Archives and Corporate Records Unit, and other digital work required by varying cohorts in Imperial, Max Communications have been responsive, innovative and demonstrated great problem-solving abilities. The Max Communications team, from the top down, is approachable, friendly and keen to help.

An example is in their engagement for some major confidential scanning projects. The projects were discussed, scoped and agreed to a high standard of hand scanning. Benchmarking was agreed to our satisfaction when the project started, with a fast progress time for the work. They provided rapid access to files, including digitising out of sequence, e.g. one such turn around for hand scanning, editing and proofing a large file was within 3 hours. The digital delivery was by secure online transfer, and the hard disks and hard copy delivered securely by courier.

On a lighter note, digitisation of 1960s academic cine film was carried out promptly and to a high standard, such that it can be reshown at a major conference

--Anne Barrett | College Archivist & Corporate Records Manager | Imperial College London
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