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Funding bodies of digitisation projects, i.e. national governments, regional
authorities as well as non-governmental funding bodies should give a funding
preference to projects that prove a good understanding why and for whom
material is digitised.
However, there is a risk that the barrier for small ALMs is too high to participate in
digitisation projects because they often lack the expertise and the resources to fulfil these
funding requirements.There is a need for a knowledge-based online support tool that could
help small institutions to get a first assessment of their collections and ensuing digitisation
requirements. A second step could be to get institutions in touch with experts, so as to
improve their chances of gaining access to sources of funding through appropriate
programmes.
The European Commission should sponsor pilot Research & Development
projects and solicit studies in the following areas:
Best practice cases in mass storage: A study should be solicited to aggregate
information on existing case studies for large scale storage in the cultural sector but
also in other sectors (for example, NASA and CERN) that deal with massive
amounts of data.What can be learned from experiences in these areas about means
and costs to handle large-scale projects?
Automated mass digitisation: Fund pilot projects that investigate the possibilities of
automated mass digitisation of different kinds of materials, resulting in guidelines
that show the limitations but also the potential for future development for certain
media types.
Metadata capturing at the point of digitisation and integration of digitisation with
collection management. In co-operation with software vendors, (distributed)
systems should be developed that allow to capture and integrate metadata into
existing collections during the phase of digitising material.
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