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Steps in the Digitization Process [January 1996]

Last updated by Carl Fleischhauer, January 1996

This document outlines the production process for historical collections at the Library of Congress and reflects that institution's administrative structure and procedures. Not every collection requires all of the steps listed; some collections require additional steps not listed. In practice, many of the operations are carried out in parallel and not sequentially.

I. Collection Preparation

II. Contracting for Digital Conversion

III. Digital Capture

IV. Quality Review

V. Archive

VI. Assemble Material for World Wide Web (LC's "source edition")

VII. Assist National Digital Library publishing partners when they create added-value products.