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Resources for Projects Developing Digital Products (Archive)

The list of resources below was last updated on November 15, 2011. We will no longer be maintaining the links below, we encourage you to instead consult the new Resources for Projects Developing Digital Products.

This list is not an endorsement by IMLS of any particular resource.

Resources for Projects Developing Digital Products

We have published A Framework of Guidance for Building Good Digital Collections as a resource for applicants planning digital projects. This document is now maintained by the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) and is available at The third edition of this document contains links to many Web sites with useful information for planning and implementing digital projects. IMLS offers a wealth of information, including lists of funded digital projects, on our Web site at The list of resources below, provided to help you learn more about digital projects, is neither exhaustive nor an endorsement by IMLS of any particular resource.

Many universities, organizations, and businesses provide training in digitization and related topics. TFhe following are examples only—check the general resource lists for leads to more training opportunities and the topic lists below for training resources in specific subject areas.


  • - Building Digital Collections: A Technical Overview, Library of Congress American Memory Project.
  • - Technical Guidelines for Digitizing Archival Materials for Electronic Access: Creation of Production Master Files– Raster Images, by Steven Puglia, Jeffrey Reed, and Erin Rhodes, U.S. National Archives and Records Administration.
  • - Digitizing Images and Text, the Berkeley Digital Library portal links to resources on digitization projects, resources, and tools.
  • - The Maine Memory Network provides guidance and resources for its contributing cultural institutions such as libraries, museums, archives, and historical societies.
  • - The University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign Digital Imaging Media Technology Initiative provides resources about many digitization topics, including a listing of current imaging programs, organizations, and committees.
  • - George Mason University’s Center for History and New Media provides a brief overview of what is being done with mobile technologies in the museum world and offers suggestions based on this research on how to economically provide mobile users with a positive experience.
  • - The Canadian Heritage Information Network has information on creating and managing digital content, with a focus on museum collections.
  • - the Handbook for Digital Projects: A Management Tool for Preservation and Access, a Northeast Document Conservation Centersite, offers nine chapters from a handbook on project management, scanning, copyrightissues, technical topics, best practices, vendor relations, and longevity. Includes many linksto related sites.
  • - The Digital Library Federation has publications on a range of topics, including digital image management and preservation.
  • - Bibliotheca Alexandrina provides Digital Assets Factory (DAF) digitization workflow tools.
  • - The Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, vol. 30, no. 5, June/July 2004, contains a special section about onlinemuseum information.
  • - Global Digital Format Registry.
  • - Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) has published more than 125 reports on topics relating to preservation, digital libraries, economics of information, trends in information use, international developments, and the changing role of the library.


Preservation of Digital Material

  • - Sustainable Economics for a Digital Planet: Ensuring Long-Term Access to Digital Information, a report from the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access.
  • - Digital Preservation Management: Implementing Short-term Strategies for Long-term Problems, a tutorial by the Cornell University Department ofPreservation and Collections Maintenance.
  • - D-Lib Magazine has many articles on preservation of digital materials.
  • - Care for Collections: Digital Materials, Connecting to Collections Guide to Online Resources, Institute of Museum and LibraryServices.
  • - Digital Curation Centre.
  • - Review by Maureen Pennock of Digital Preservation, edited by Marilyn Deegan and Simon Tanner, Ariadne, Issue 50, 30 January2007.
  • - digital preservation Web site of the Library of Congress.
  • - a list of tools and services designed, developed, or used by National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP) partners during their projects, on the digital preservation Web site of the Library of Congress.

Intellectual Property/Open Access Tools

Universal Access

  • - The World Wide Web Consortium’s guidance and resources on Web accessibility for people with disabilities.
  • - The Trace Center’s Designing More Usable Web Sites presents resources on universally accessible Web guidelines, compliance with Section 508, and forums for discussing accessibility issues.
  • - WebAIM is a nonprofit organization within the Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University.
  • - the DAISY (Digital Accessible Information SYstem) Consortium is a membership organization of talking book libraries formed to lead the worldwide transition from analog to digital talking books and set technology standards and best practices in this area.

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