“Based on both Harvard’s guide and the examples of organizations’ selection criteria linked above, do you think there is an “ideal” set of criteria? How might this vary by organization type?”
I felt like this week’s readings kind of came back to ideas we have touched upon in recent weeks with our discussions on metadata and digitization standards… After doing the readings, it is apparent that an “ideal” set of digitization selection criteria will certainly change from organization to organization because certain elements will inevitably be more important to some than they will be to others. Similarly, something that works for one organization won’t necessarily work for another. It is essential that different organizations assess and design selection criteria for digitization projects that will best meet their needs and/or goals.
Related to this point are issues that surround the overall planning process. This includes many things, such as knowing what you have in your collection, what needs to be digitized, who in your organization has abilities best suited for different parts of the project, what it will cost, user needs, etc. Furthermore (and according to the NINCH reading we had this week), knowing what resources you have available to you can make all the difference in a project, especially when it comes to cost. In fact, the NINCH recommends the following: “A clear statement of objectives (preferably in a formal document that can be shared with staff), combined with the resource inventory, will enable you to assess the suitability of your local resources.” Even though this seems like a simple/obvious part of the planning process, it is definitely an important thing to consider when in the planning stages of a digitization project.