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Digitizing - Workflows

Q. What digitization workflow is right for my project?

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  • Review published workflows to find one appropriate to your project's goals, materials, resources, staff, and equipment, adapting as necessary.


From the Abstract: Since November 2005, the University of Maryland libraries has engaged in another model for digitization: a workflow model that harnesses the digitization already being done by archivists and other staff for requests by patrons. By "crowdsourcing" selection decisions in this way the libraries have built a collection of over 5,000 objects from the holdings of the University Archives and Historical Manuscripts".
From the Presto website: "This is a presentation given by James Snyder of the Library of Congress as that was part of the "Building Workflows for Digitisation and Digital Preservation" session held at Screening the Future 2011. In this presentation, Snyder discusses the Library of Congress' collection, and details their technical approach to digital preservation, outlining the distinction between their archive and repository, issues they are facing and plans for the future."
From the Abstract: "This presentation gives a basic outline of the work flow and processes involved within the Digital Projects Unit. Topics include scanning, digital preservation, and staffing."


  • Comstock, Bill and Christine Madsen. “Streamlining a Book Digitization Workflow.” Microform & Imaging Review,  Vol. 35 Issue 2 (Spring2006):47-58.
From the Abstract: “The article outlines the methodology in the design and implementation of Open Collections Program (OCP) book digitalization workflow and the upgrade that were implemented. The reasons for the improvements were discussed as well as its implications to the workflow process.”
From the Abstract: This paper examines the experience of one institution, the University of Maryland Libraries, as it made organizational efforts to harness existing workflows and to capture digitization done in the course of responding to patron requests. By examining the way this organization adjusted its existing workflows to put in place more systematic methods for digital capture of unique collections, the authors hope to provide insight into the benefits and pitfalls of one model for scaling up digitization."
Collection of digitization workflows from biological and paleontological collections. Several visualizations of workflows included.with six modules:
  • Novara, Elizabeth A. “Digitization and Researcher Demand: Digital Imaging Workflows at the University of Maryland Libraries.” OCLC Systems & Services. Vol. 26 Issue 3 (2010): 166-176.

This article presents an overview of the development of the University of Maryland Libraries' digital imaging workflows and a critique of current practices.
  • Prilop, Valerie, R.  Niccole Westbrook, & Elizabeth M. German. “Collaborative Project Development in the Creation of an Interdepartmental Digitization Workflow.” Collaborative Librarianship. Vol. 4 Issue 2, (2012): 60-66.

This paper describes and evaluates a collaborative project to develop an interdepartmental workflow for the digitization of unique library materials in a mid-sized academic library.
Describes the New York Botanical Garden's testing of various workflows for increasing the rate of digitization through combinations of data collaboration, field book digitization, partial data entry and imaging, and optical character recognition (OCR) of specimen images.


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