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Subcommittee on Digital Projects

Inventory of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Digital Projects


Our Criteria

Goal

We want to include as many valuable projects as possible in the inventory, but keep it to manageable proportions. See the brief summary of how the inventory addresses each of the original oppositions in the charge.

We have already decided that, as a basic criterion, all projects must have content that deals with Slavic, East European, and Eurasian studies in the humanities and social sciences. Must content deal primarily with Slavic, East European, and Eurasian studies? For example, the Online Library of Literature has only three texts from our field—all Tolstoy works. Does it warrant inclusion? What about eScholarship Editions? These and other sites whose content is not primarily in our field are provisionally included but with notes. If the goal of the inventory is to avoid duplication of effort in digitization, then they are probably worth including.

But questions remain regarding the geographic scope as well as the definition of a digital project.

Medium

Projects may be made available on a publically accessible Web site, restricted-access Web site, private network, CD-ROM, or by a computer program. In short, the medium will not disqualify a project as long as the medium is in some way electronic.

Geographic scope

 

What is a digital project?

We propose to include only projects that display at least aspect of the "digital process". This allows us to exclude the many websites that contain valuable information on Eastern Europe and Eurasia but should not be considered digital projects.

· Digital projects (collections)—to be included by current criteria

 

What is not a digital project?

The above criteria would exclude projects that lack a component of the "digital process."

· Other bibliographic projects and initiatives—to be excluded by current criteria