There's something in this. I'll email you when I get chance with some thoughts.
There are some great digital scholarship crowdsourcing projects based in and around London (Transcribe Bentham at UCL is one example) - they may have some advice as far as setup and software. There are a fair few underemployed archivists out there who can help with scanning and metadata standards advice (says this formerly underemployed archivist).
I would be more inclined to have a data sharing club. I've had too much freeloading on my research and writing and editing. Not too much interested in open source given the issues with the community concept.
I never thought my niche passions for beer and metadata would meet!
Indeed, you never know what may happen to an archive: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7921988.stm
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