The No-Nonsense Guide to Born Digital Content

Mar 2018 | 256pp

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The No-Nonsense Guide to Born Digital Content

Heather Ryan and Walker Sampson

This book offers a comprehensive, entry-level guide that focuses explicitly on how to collect and manage born-digital content for ‘boots on the ground’ practitioners.

Libraries and archives of all sizes are collecting and managing an increasing proportion of digital content. Within this body of digital content is a growing pool of ‘born-digital’ content: content that has been created and has often existed solely in digital form. Providing continued, sustainable access to a wide array of born-digital content is a challenge for libraries and archives, particularly because of the broad and highly technical skills needed to build and sustain born-digital content management workflows.

The No-Nonsense Guide to Born Digital Content provides an entry level how-to guide that aims to help ease inexperienced students and practitioners into this area. It explains step by step processes for developing and implementing born-digital content workflows in library and archive settings of all sizes and includes a range of case studies collected from small, medium and large institutions internationally.

Including:

  • the wide range of digital storage media and why this is different to, and similar to, existing content
  • the various sources of born-digital content and how they are appraised and considered for collection
  • retrieving and preparing content to allow it to be brought into the library or archive
  • storage systems and applying archival arrangement philosophies
  • description, preservation and access
  • methods for designing workflows for born-digital collection processing
  • strategies and philosophies to move forward as technologies change.

This book will be useful reading for LIS and archival students and professionals who are working with, or plan to work with, born digital content. It will also be of interest to museum professionals, data managers, data scientists, and records managers. 

Heather Ryan, University of Colorado Boulder.

Walker Sampson, University of Colorado Boulder.

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