Before You Begin Your Project
Deciding the Nature of the Project
No digitization project should be started without identifying the purpose of the project. Why does it want to produce a particular resource? What questions does it hope to answer? How best would it answer these? What assumptions are being made? Some general options as to the nature of the project include what overall format it will be in, examples include:
* Database of Information Concerning the Original * Digital Image Facsimile of the Original * Marked-up Text Edition of the Original * Text / Image Digital Surrogate * Secondary Study of the Original * Amongst Many More...
In each case there are pros and cons, and the general nature of the digitization project should be chosen to best suit the questions and output desired.
Scoping the Field
Find out what other people doing similar projects have done. Contact them: Why did they choose that route? What problems have they had? Are their new developments, standards, and methods that may help your proposed project?
* Ask on mailing lists for advice * Research the technologies * Approach advisory services * Investigate methods and strategies