Best Practice in Managing Digital Collections Thursday, 8 June 2017

Best practice – links to some relevant information. These links can be updated or added to through community comment and experience

The Australian National University

The ANU Library Digitisation team is undertaking a major project to digitise rare and special materials from the  ANU Library and Archives. The Digitisation Policy and Procedure sets our framework and guides the project.

National Library of Australia (NLA)
Other Australian resources

State Library New South Wales (SLNSW) This Guideline builds on work done by SLIS/Practico in 2005 developing Digital practice: guidelines for digitising images in NSW public librariesThese guidelines were endorsed by the Library Council of NSW at its June 2005 meeting.

NSW State Records Equipment for Digitisation. Includes advice on selecting equipment and software, plus frequently asked questions in relation to digitisation equipment.

Library of Congress (LOC)
Other American resources

Digital Library Federation
Digitizing Special Formats - list of resources is curated by the Digital Library Federation for the benefit of cultural heritage professionals planning projects involving the digitization of rare and unique materials.

Federal Agencies Digitisation Guidelines Initiative (FADGI) Technical guide for digitising cultural heritage materials: creation of raster image files.For the following originals: Manuscripts, Books, Graphic Illustrations, Artwork, Maps, Plans, Photographs, Aerial Photographs, and Objects and Artifacts

US Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative Started in 2007, this is a collaborative effort by federal agencies to define common guidelines, methods, and practices for digitizing historical content. As part of this, two working groups are studying issues specific to two major areas, Still Image and Audio Visual.

JISC Digital Media
Other International resources

Hathi Trust Digital Library Technology, Standards and Specifications. HathiTrust Digital Library is a digital preservation repository and highly functional access platform. It provides long-term preservation and access services for public domain and in copyright content from a variety of sources, including Google, the Internet Archive, Microsoft, and in-house partner institution initiatives.

International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) Guidelines for digitization projects for collections and holdings in the public domain

Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) is a consortium which collectively develops and maintains a standard for the representation of texts in digital form. Its chief deliverable is a set of Guidelines which specify encoding methods for machine-readable texts, chiefly in the humanities, social sciences and linguistics. Since 1994, the TEI Guidelines have been widely used by libraries, museums, publishers, and individual scholars to present texts for online research, teaching, and preservation.

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)
Bureau for Strategic Planning - Guidelines for Digitization Projects for collections and holdings in the public domain