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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 16, No. 330.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
                         Submit to: humanist@princeton.edu

             Date: Tue, 19 Nov 2002 06:41:29 +0000
             From: NINCH-ANNOUNCE <david@ninch.org>

    News on Networking Cultural Heritage Resources
    from across the Community
    November 18, 2002

                         NINCH GUIDE TO GOOD PRACTICE
                            FIRST EDITION RELEASED

                                     Comments Invited

    The National Initiative for a Networked Cultural Heritage is pleased to
    announce the release of the First Edition of the NINCH Guide to Good
    Practice in the Digital Representation and Management of Cultural Heritage

    Already described as a resource that "will become a touchstone for new
    practitioners for years to come," the NINCH Guide is designed for those in
    all sectors of the cultural community who are digitizing and networking
    cultural resources.

    The NINCH Guide is unique in several ways. It is community-based (created
    by practitioners working in different disciplines and media in museums,
    libraries, archives, the arts and academic departments); it is
    principles-based (driven by core principles in networking cultural
    resources); and it is empirical (partly derived from interviews at
    distinguished digitization programs in the U.S. and abroad, conducted by
    Glasgow University's Humanities Advanced Technology and Information Institute).

    The Guide creates a high-level pathway through the issues and decisions to
    be made in networking heritage materials. Thirteen sections follow the
    life-cycle of digital projects: from Project Planning, Selection of
    Materials and Copyright Issues, through the technical questions of
    digitizing all formats, to the issues of Sustainability, User Assessment,
    Digital Asset Management and Preservation. The Guide also includes a
    bibliography, an edited set of interview reports, and the extensive
    interview instrument.

    We strongly encourage readers of the Guide to send us comments and
    suggestions (using the form provided on our web site) in order to make it a
    living document that is responsive to the community it serves. Some
    suggestions will be incorporated into this edition, others will be used in
    the production of a Second Edition.

    Thanks are due to Lorna Hughes, her staff and students at the Humanities
    Computing Group of New York University, for their dedication and high
    standards in mounting pre-publication versions of the text leading up to
    this final version and for hosting the Guide. Thanks also to Meg Bellinger,
    Vice President, OCLC Digital & Preservation Resources, for services that
    will mirror the Guide on OCLC web sites in the U.S. and abroad.

    The NINCH Working Group on Best Practices produced the Guide, in
    association with the Humanities Advanced Technology and Information
    Institute (HATII) of the University of Glasgow.

    The Getty Grant Program of the J. Paul Getty Trust made the Guide possible
    through a generous grant, for which the NINCH Board of Directors expresses
    its thanks.

    The National Initiative for a Networked Cultural Heritage is a diverse
    nonprofit coalition of arts, humanities and social science organizations
    created to assure leadership from the cultural community in the evolution
    of the digital environment.

    1. Introduction
    2. Project Planning
    3. Selecting Materials: An Iterative Process
    4. Rights Management
    5. Digtization & Encoding of Text
    6. Capture and Management of Images
    7. Audio/Video Capture and Management
    8. Quality Control and Assurance
    9. Working With Others
    10. Distribution
    11. Sustainability: Models for Long-Term Funding
    12. Assessment of Projects by User Evaluation
    13. Digital Asset Management
    14. Preservation
        Appendix A: Equipment
        Appendix B: Metadata
        Appendix C: Digital Data Capture: Sampling
        Interview Reports and
        Interview Instrument

    NINCH Working Group on Best Practices
    Chair: David L. Green
    Kathe Albrecht
    Morgan Cundiff
    LeeEllen Friedland*
    Peter Hirtle
    Lorna Hughes
    Katherine Jones
    Mark Kornbluh
    Joan Lippincott
    Michael Neuman
    Richard Rinehart
    Thornton Staples
    Jennifer Trant**
    * through June 2001
    ** through May 1999


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