There are many ways to partner, volunteer, and get involved with Digital Maryland. Email us at DigitalMaryland@prattlibrary.org to learn more about each of these opportunities.
Volunteer & Internships Opportunities
Volunteers and interns assist Digital Maryland with managing, maintaining, and enhancing collections. Interns may earn field study credits for their work with Digital Maryland. To learn more about the volunteer and internship opportunities, email DigitalMaryland@prattlibrary.org.
From the Page Transcription Project
Digital Maryland is running a crowdsourcing transcription project through From the Page. This project allows anybody with internet access to help us transcribe handwritten documents. Sign up to get started transcribing, or contact us DigitalMaryland@prattlibrary.org at with questions about the project. For information on how to get started please read our project handout.
Current projects include:
Digital Maryland is a collaborative, statewide digital preservation program that provides free access to historical and cultural artifacts related to Maryland history. Partnering with Digital Maryland has many benefits and can be adjusted to suit the needs of the organization or collection. Our goal is to present high quality digital images and accurate metadata while protecting the original materials.
Some of the services we provide include:
- scanning to create archival quality master images
- creation of derivative images suitable for delivery over the web
- storage of archival master images for long term preservation
- preparation of descriptive metadata according to Digital Maryland standards
- technical infrastructure and support for hosting digital objects (images, audio, video, etc.) and descriptive metadata for digital collections
- consultation and training for digital preservation projects
Digital Maryland staff will work with potential partners to determine which items would be most appropriate for digitization. Considerations when selecting materials may include:
- significance/importance of the items
- uniqueness of the materials
- physical condition and availability of the items
- technology resources available to digitize and provide online access to the items
- resolution of intellectual property and copyright issues for materials that are not in the public domain
- size and scope of the project
The standards and guidelines used by the Digital Maryland program, including a Metadata Style Guide, were developed according to best practices, and are evaluated and updated as necessary to stay consistent with trends in the field of digitization.
To learn more about partnering with Digital Maryland, email DigitalMaryland@prattlibrary.org.