Born Digital

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We currently are set up to manage two kinds of born digital content: Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs) and Undergraduate Research Papers. These vary immensely in workflow, as we are not archiving the latter, and the former have metadata input by the creators via ProQuest, that comes to us in proprietary XML.

Other kinds of born digital content are pouring into archives and special collections around the world, and librarians and archivists are scrambling to determine how best to manage the influx. This involves:

  • identification
  • selection
  • testing, gathering metadata, documenting
  • tracking
  • normalization and possibly emulation
  • storing
  • organization and description (and sometimes incorporation into hybrid collections)
  • online delivery

We have gathered and explored various Incoming Digital Resources and devised a preliminary process for intake: Managing Incoming Born Digital Content.

For reference, here is our current Digital Services Permission Agreement and Preservation policies. Born digital content would be assigned to support levels 2-5, as we have no control over the quality or the incoming Formats.

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