A FRAMEWORK OF GUIDANCE FOR BUILDING GOOD DIGITAL COLLECTIONS ARTICLE
Collections principle 1: A good digital collection is created according to an explicitcollection development policy that has been agreed upon and documented beforedigitization begins.
Collections principle 2: Collections should be described so that a user can discovercharacteristics of the collection, including scope, format, restrictions on access,ownership, and any information significant for determining the collection’s authenticity,integrity, and interpretation.
Collections principle 3: A collection should be sustainable over time. In particular, digitalcollections built with special internal or external funding should have a plan for theircontinued usability beyond the funded period.
Collections principle 4: A good collection is broadly available and avoids unnecessaryimpediments to use. Collections should be accessible to persons with disabilities, and
usable effectively in conjunction with adaptive technologies.
Collections principle 5: A good collection respects intellectual property rights. Collectionmanagers should maintain a consistent record of rightsholders and permissions grantedfor all applicable materials.
Collections principle 6: A good collection has mechanisms to supply usage data andother data that allows standardized measures of usefulness to be recorded.
Collections principle 7: A good collection fits into the larger context of significant relatednational and international digital library initiatives. For example, collections of contentuseful to education in science, math, and/or engineering should be usable in the NSFfunded
National Science Digital Library (NSDL).
Objects principle 1: A good digital object will be produced in a way that ensures itsupports collection priorities, while maintaining qualities contributing to interoperabilityand reusability.
Objects principle 2: A good object is persistent. That is, it will be the intention of someknown individual or institution that the good object will remain accessible over timedespite changing technologies.
Objects principle 3: A good object is digitized in a format that supports intended currentand likely future use or that supports the derivation of access copies that support thoseuses. Consequently, a good object is exchangeable across platforms, broadly accessible,and will either be digitized according to a recognized standard or best practice or deviatefrom standards and practices only for well documented reasons.
Objects principle 4: A good object will be named with a persistent, unique identifier thatconforms to a well-documented scheme. It will not be named with reference to its absolutefilename or address (e.g. as with URLs and other Internet addresses) as filenames andaddresses have a tendency to change. Rather, the stable identifier can be resolved
(mapped) to the actual address.
Objects principle 5: A good object can be authenticated in at least three senses. First, auser should be able to determine the object’s origins, structure, and developmental history(version, etc.). Second, a user should be able to determine that the object is what itpurports to be. Third, a user should be able to determine that the object has not been
corrupted or changed in an unauthorized way.
Objects principle 6: A good object will have associated metadata. All good objects willhave descriptive and administrative metadata. Some complex objects will have structural metadata.This article describes the way in which one goes about building a proper, organized, accessible, adaptable digital collection. I like how the object is broken down.