Although Rutgers University Libraries has had digitization standards in place since 2006 for the RUcore object types we currently handle, the documents were often hidden deep in places where they weren’t easily found. This made it hard for members of the public, and other people interested in finding a resource for how best to digitize to find out what we’re doing.
Additionally, the documentation was getting a bit long in the tooth; some of the proposals hadn’t been looked over in years, some still had “Draft” markings even though committees have reviewed them and we’ve already been carrying these procedures out, and in a couple of cases the documentation has been superseded by technology advances, and doesn’t match current practice at all.
For this reason, we’ve been engaged in a review of these standards and are revising where needed to make them reflect current best practices within RUcore and the Digital Curation Research Center. Additionally, I’ve created a “home” for the complete set of documents here:
The link to these standards are also available on the upper-left corner of this blog, in the navigation bar.
We hope that keeping these standards in one place will greatly benefit other curators and those who need a place to get started digitizing and preserving works.