This project will develop a consistent framework across NSLA libraries for the collection of born-digital material (material created in digital form). It will establish common polices and guidelines for sourcing and acquiring materials such as data sets, digital art, digital media and personal digital archives.
- Scoping work completed for Stage 2.
- Stage 1 report and recommendations presented to NSLA in March 2013.
- Stage 1 completed including: born digital collecting audit; definition of born digital materials (glossary); principles of born digital collecting for NSLA libraries; digital collecting framework and guidelines; donor kit for digital collections.
- Dedicated project manager appointed (SLQ-based).
Working group members
- Serena Coates, State Library of Queensland (project manager)
- Antoinette Buchanan, Libraries ACT
- Mark Crookston, National Library of New Zealand
- Robyn Eastley, State Library of Tasmania
- Chris Foster, National Library of Australia
- Mark Corbould, National Library of Australia
- Tony Leschen, State Library of South Australia
- Amanda De Cinque, State Library of Western Australia
- Jo Ritale, State Library of Victoria
- Sarah Slade, State Library of Victoria
- Alexander Sussman, State Library of New South Wales
- Scott Wajon, State Library of New South Wales
- Sally Hone, State Library of New South Wales
Australia's new national cultural policy acknowledges the importance of digital collecting.
Digital Collecting project manager Serena Coates talks about the challenges for libraries of collecting born-digital items.
Local State, Territory and National libraries devote a lot of time, energy and resources to storing and preserving our digital heritage collections. While you may not have access to the state-of-the-art technology and equipment that your library does, there are still steps that you can take at home to ensure your digital treasures last a lifetime.Preserving Your Digital TreasuresBy following a few simple steps, you can help to preserve your digital photographs, emails, recordings and documents. Watch the Preserving Your Digital Treasures video to learn more.Preserving your digital treasures from State Library of Queensland on Vimeo.These guides from the Library of Congress provide further information about preserving your digital collections:digital photographsdigital audiodigital videoelectronic mailpersonal digital recordswebsites.This information is intended as a basic guide only. For more detailed information, please contact your State, Territory or National library.Donating digital collectionsIf you have digital collections that you would like to donate to your library, please contact them via the webpages, below:National Library of AustraliaNational Library of New ZealandLibraries ACTLINC TasmaniaNorthern Territory LibraryState Library of New South WalesState Library of QueenslandState Library of South AustraliaState Library of VictoriaState Library of Western Australia.