Semester of Presidency of the European Union
Rome, October, 29th 2003, Palazzo dei Congressi, Bibliocom 2003
National Archives, Sweden
A Handbook on Good Practice in Digitisation
The need for identification of good practice and centre of competence was highlighted
in the Lund Principles and the following Lund Action Plan. In the
Minerva project, which is based on these two documents, a special
work package handles these issues.
For the practical outcome, this work package has chosen two complementary action lines:
one connected to the web and one in the form of a practical and periodically updated handbook
on good practice in digitisation.
The handbook contains a concrete and pragmatic set of practical guidelines for a clear target
audience (teams within and across cultural institutions contemplating or already executing digitisation
projects). It has a focus on cultural institutions in Europe (archives, libraries and museums).
The structure of the draft version is so far as follows:
- Practical Guidelines
- Digitisation Guidelines: a selected list
The practical guidelines consist of the most important practical lessons learnt
collected by Minerva and is focusing on a number of "rules
of thumb". The disposition of these guidelines reflects the
stages in the life-cycle of a digitisation project.
The chapter concerning standards gives the reader an overview of the most important
and relevant technical standards. In the selected list of digitisation
guidelines the most important guidelines published by different
institutions and projects are examined and described in a standardised
A discussion forum about the handbook was open this spring on the
Minerva website. The dissemination has continued during the summer
and early autumn based on a revised version of the text. A final
version (1.0) will be presented at a meeting of the National Representative
Group in Parma in November this year