AvoinGLAM/Recommendations for digitizing images

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This page is a draft guideline for non-institutional contributors for creating high quality digital assets for public use.

Before digitization[edit]

Researching the data about the object[edit]

  • Record information in institutional context
  • Rights information
  • Provenance
  • Content description
  • Contextual information
  • Information about the physical object
  • Location data

Clearing rights[edit]

Grouping and prioritizing[edit]

Planning and checking the process and equipment[edit]

  • Training
  • Selecting the equipment
  • Calibration of the equipment

Technical choices[edit]

Scanning vs photographing[edit]

File formats[edit]


Taking publishing channel requirements into account

Principles of openness[edit]

Knowledge is open if anyone is free to access, use, modify, and share it — subject, at most, to measures that preserve provenance and openness.

Open license or status[edit]

Open access[edit]

Machine readability[edit]

Open format[edit]




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"Home - Digital Preservation Handbook". www.dpconline.org (in en-gb). Retrieved 2022-08-16.