Wednesday, February 11, 2009

The "Just Get it Done" approach to digitisation projects

I think Roy Tennant may have been a New Zealander in a previous life; if his comment regarding a 'just get it done' approach towards digitisation projects is anything to go by.

This post in the American Library Journal points out 2 publications for those involved in digitisation projects (as we are) :
  • 3rd ed. Framework for Building Digital Collections published by NISO with support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
  • Shifting Gears : Gearing Up to Get Into the Flow by Ricky Erway and Jennifer Schaffner.
The first sounds like a good, solid, authoritative guide, but the second one balances the first with the argument that actually, more material online of lesser quality is better than fewer materials online of whatever quality. To which Roy says "Hear! Hear!"

This suits my somewhat pragmatic approach towards digitisation down to the ground.

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