Managing Incoming Born Digital Content

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See Managing Incoming Digital Content

The difference between "born digital content" and "digital content" is that the latter is representative of a non-digital item of some sort. Here the definition of "item" needs to be clarified, but at this point we will simply provide examples:

  1. a letter on paper of some sort
  2. an image on a physical carrier such as paper or wood of some sort

"Born digital content" may include such things as images of events, taken by a digital camera, video captures of events, emails: documents which were created first in digital form.

If possible, we need to know the hardware, software, and operating system that created the document -- but this is true also of incoming digital content.

In either case, we're going to want to know about the intellectual content of the document. If digitized by someone else, we may also want a layer of metadata about the original analog version.


We are in the process of developing our procedures and workflows for this type of content, so the following is subject to change.

Upon receiving born-digital content in Digital Services:

  1. Do not immediately open the media.
  2. Ask the person who provided you the content to fill out the [Incoming Digital Form] and the [Digital Services Permissions Agreement].
  3. Notify the Head of Digital Services.
  4. Fill in the BornDigitalDocumentation file to the best of your ability, asking questions of those who brought you the content.
  5. When we have the documentation we need, and the DS head authorizes you to move forward, see Born Digital Ingest for further instructions.
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