Products and services that enable institutions to host digital collections, publish scholarly journals, provide discovery of collections, and more.
Things to think about when starting digitization or digital preservation services:
Dedicated, permanent staff can be a critical first piece of a new program. Temporary or student staffing should be used to support and not manage this type of service. If you must rely on temporary staffing it is crucial to document the workflow and decisions, including where digital files are stored, which type of file you created (i.e. master, access, edited), content rights, use permissions, and all contracts/paperwork.
Can we use existing facilities/staff, or do we need to hire?
Equipment is an obvious and important part of digitization. Please reach out to members to discuss their experience with equipment before making a new purchase.
3. Digital Asset Management System (DAMS)
A digital asset management system (DAMS) will provide discovery and access to your digital collections and archives. Public post secondary institutions in Florida may set up one FL-Islandora site per institution, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
A good first step is to set strategic direction for your services by answering these questions:
Look around at what others are doing. Digital projects and programs that impress you are a great resource for strategic planning. Contact them to talk and found out: What did they do? What do they recommend? What didn’t work for them?
It's okay to build digital collections project by project. You do not have to have a full program planned out to begin. Start with what's important, has funding, and/or is in a deteriorating state. You can find webinars on digital project selection and planning here from FSU: https://swfln.org/recorded-webinars/