Standards & Tools

Software, metadata standards, and other tools

Our projects feature library and archival material scanned from analog sources. Approaches to digitization vary depending on the format and nature of the project:

  • Most print and photographic material is scanned in-house using our digitization equipment.
  • Most audiovisual materials is digitized by outside vendors. 
  • Digitization activities are guided by our digital collections handbook.
  • Most born-digital information is recovered from digital storage devices in our Digital Forensics Lab, but some formats must be outsourced to outside vendors.

Metadata is usually generated in-house but vendors often provide metadata that is incorporated into project workflows as appropriate. All digital initiatives aim to incorporate existing metadata standards whenever possible.