Digital Maryland is a collaborative, statewide digitization program that provides free access to historical and cultural artifacts held by Maryland institutions and individuals. The program is headquartered at the Enoch Pratt Free Library / State Library Resource Center in Baltimore.
Benefits of partnership
A key strength of Digital Maryland is its collaborative approach to the digitization and online display of Maryland's primary source materials. Partnering with Digital Maryland provides increased access to collections, which makes them available to a wider audience. Items in Digital Maryland can be searched using CONTENTdm search tools, and are discoverable through online search engines, such as Google and WorldCat. Digitization reduces the handling of original materials, which helps to preserve their condition. Services offered to Digital Maryland partners include:
- Scanning or digital photography 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 as digital collections
- Harvesting of descriptive information and URLs from legacy databases
- Consultation services for local digitization 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 use of standards creates a model for measuring the success of a program and sets a mark for creating a program of lasting, educational value. The standards and guidelines used by the Digital Maryland program were developed according to professional best practices, and are evaluated and updated as necessary to stay consistent with trends in the field of digitization. Digital Maryland documentation regarding standards includes:
- Metadata Style Guide
Recommended guidelines for the creation of metadata for digital collections contributed to Digital Maryland. These guidelines in this document focus on the creation of metadata for access and do not include any guidelines or specifications for technical, administrative or other metadata. It should be noted that some of these guidelines, such as those that involved the use of controlled vocabularies, are best used for digital collections in a CONTENTdm-managed environment.
If you are interested in partnering with Digital Maryland or have questions about our program, please contact us. We look forward to working with you.