Records Digitization

Wikipedia Definition & Overview – Digitization
Digitizing or digitization is the representation of an object, image, sound, document or a signal (usually an analog signal) by a discrete set of its points or samples. The result is called digital representation or, more specifically, a digital image, for the object, and digital form, for the signal.


California Digital Library – Mass Digitization Overview
The UC Libraries are digitizing millions of books from their collections through participation in mass digitization projects with Google and the Internet Archive.

Digital Library Federation
An organization rallying support behind using digitization processes to help broaden the collections available to libraries.

Digital Records – State Archives of North Carolina
This website contains digital records policies and guidelines and FAQ.

Federal Agencies Digitization Initiative Website
Started in 2007, this is a collaborative effort by federal agencies to define common guidelines, methods, and practices for digitizing historical content.

ISO/TR 13028:2010 – Information and documentation – Implementation guidelines for digitization of records
ISO/TR 13028:2010 is applicable for use in the design and conduct of responsible digitization by all organizations undertaking digitization, either business process digitization or back capture digitization projects for records management purposes.

Lyrasis Website Mass Digitization Collaborative
The Mass Digitization Collaborative offers LYRASIS members the opportunity to have their materials digitized for at a low cost. The collaborative’s initial focus is on mass digitization of text.

National Historic Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) & NHPRC – Digitizing Historical Records
Part of the National Archives, the National Historical Publications and Records Commission has recently been searching for grant applicants to help digitize historical records.

Panel Emphasizes Safety in Digitization of Health Records
Poorly designed, hard-to-use computerized health records are a threat to patient safety, and an independent agency should be set up to investigate injuries and deaths linked to health information technology, according to a federal study released Tuesday.

Smithsonian Institution Archives Digitization
Digitization is a crucial aspect of collections care at the Smithsonian Institution Archives. The Archives adheres to international standards and best practices for digitization, for instance the Federal Digitization Guidelines Initiative, and produces high quality archival images, audio, and video useful for researchers, scholars, and the public.

Video: Digitization
Video showing how the digitization process is done.

YouTube Video: Filled with Stories: The Homestead Records Digitization Project
The Homestead Records Digitization Project is a short film on how the original records of those who claimed land under the Homestead Act of 862 are being digitized.