Digital Content Creation



Digital Content Creation

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Best Practices for Creating Digital Collections

Table of Contents:


1.0       File Formats

2.0       Directory Structure and File Naming

3.0       Digital Imaging

4.0       Newspaper Digitization

5.0       Optical Character Recognition

6.0       PDF Creation

7.0       Shareable Metadata

8.0       Descriptive Metadata

9.0       Controlled Vocabularies

10.0     Technical Metadata

11.0     Structural Metadata

12.0     Administrative Metadata

13.0     Preservation Metadata

14.0     TEI Text Encoding

15.0     Intellectual Property

16.0     Access and Use

17.0     Accessibility for Users with Disabilities

18.0     Media Selection and Media Migration

Appendix - How to Create Best Practices