This resource, from Culture24, states – before you plan to digitise your collection, you need to have a clear idea of why you are doing it. Will it improve access or security, preserve content or provide a return on investment?
The Natural History Museum’s digital collections programme has a vision that connects it to some of the world’s biggest scientific questions. In this resource NHM explains its rationale, in a video, and the page contains links to specific digitisation projects.
The British Library’s Endangered Archives Programme website explains why its digitisation is important and seeks feedback on how content is used, reinforcing the value of the programme.
The National Library Wales Cynefin: Mapping Wales’ Sense of Place project improved access to tithe maps, as well as protecting the originals, held in archives across Wales and popular with researchers. By ‘stitching’ together individual digital images, and working with volunteers to geotag them, they created an interactive historic and modern map. Crowd sourcing the transcription of maps and apportionments also made the text searchable.
This report commissioned by the NMDC from the Collections Trust examines how NMDC member museums are balancing the twin aims of maximising public access to their digital content and promoting their own financial sustainability.
Tate has produced a policy on commercial and non-commercial use of collections in relation to Creative Commons licences. Its aim is “to ensure a fair balance between free use of images in promoting the public’s enjoyment and understanding of British, modern and contemporary art, and Tate’s commercial activities, used to help fund the former.”