It’s a good idea to draw up a digitisation plan that sets out what you are going to digitise, why, and how. This plan will ensure consistency and provide a benchmark when planning future digitisation projects.
A digitisation plan includes the following:
For example, it could be to preserve fragile documents, to share your collections online, or a combination of both.
Think about which items you want to make available digitally. Estimate how many items will need to be digitised. This will help you calculate whether you have enough people, resources, money and storage space to complete the task. Focus on small collections, important pieces from larger collections, items that are likely to be in greatest demand, and material that is not already available elsewhere.
It’s worth noting that no major archive institution has ever managed to digitise more than 5% of their holdings, so don’t worry about making sure every item in a collection is digitised!
There are several types of resources to consider:
Decide where you will store and backup the digital files. See Image capture and management for more information.
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