Initiatives Principle 1

Initiatives Principle 1: A good collection-building initiative has a substantial design and planning component.

Planning is crucial to the completion and success of any program or project. It encompasses all aspects of the initiative, from processing workflow to the ultimate look and feel of the collection interface. Early on, planners should specify the targeted audience for the digital collection and perform a needs assessment to ascertain the functional requirements of these users. After that, a written project plan can be prepared that covers all significant aspects of the project: short and long-term goals and objectives, project constraints (e.g., time, resources, or political factors), selection, digitization, copyright issues, metadata and access, maintenance, dissemination, and evaluation.

Resources on needs assessment:

General guides to planning for digital collections initiatives:

 

Comment: Updated link for "Market Segments and Their Information Needs" by karen.wetzel on 09/03/2008
The following updated link was added: http://www.bcr.org/cdp/best/reports/rsrcusers.html

This updates: Collaborative Digitization Program, Market Segments and Their Information Needs (1999) (previously http://www.cdpheritage.org/project/rsrcusers.html).
Last updated: 09/03/2008