Posted on Tuesday June 7, 2016

Digital Heritage Indicators

The digital heritage indicators provide statistics about various aspects of digitising, maintaining and publishing digital cultural heritage. The indicators are divided in four main themes: supply, demand , economics and sustainability.

Supply

Institutions with digital heritage collections

Institutions with digital heritage collections

The indicator allows institutions to compare “digitisation activity” very broadly with other institutions. On an aggregated scale it provides reference materials for progress in the domain of digital collections (e.g. Proportion of memory institutions with digital heritage collections).

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Digitisation policies

Digitisation policies

This indicator is a measure of the support for activities related to the growth and maintenance of digital collections within an institution.

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Digital reproduction of analogue collections

Digital reproduction of analogue collections

This indicator focuses on the need to digitise that part of the analogue collections of an institution that have not been digitally reproduced yet, expressed as a percentage of the full analogue collections.

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Digitisation

Digitisation

This indicator fixes the proportion of the analogue collections of a heritage institution that have been digitally reproduced.

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Metadata cataloguing

Metadata cataloguing

This indicator essentially fixes the proportion of the collections of a heritage institution that are catalogued in a collection database.

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Born-digital heritage collections

Born-digital heritage collections

The indicator allows institutions to compare performance in collecting any kind of born digital heritage materials (i.e. software, digital documents, digital art and harvested web content) with others.

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Demand

Policies for the use of digital collections

Policies for the use of digital collections

This indicator is a measure of the support for activities related to the use of an institution’s digital collections.

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Online access to digital heritage

Online access to digital heritage

This indicator measures the estimated popularity of current and expected future access channels, starting from a predefined list of channels.

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Monitoring access and use of digital collections

Monitoring access and use of digital collections

This indicator establishes whether an institution monitors ('yes' or 'no') the actual use of its digital collections.

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Importance of types of use of digital collections

Importance of types of use of digital collections

This indicator measures the perceived importance of different types of use of digital heritage collections. It is specifically intended to trace changes in the focus on a limited classification of audiences.

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Use of monitoring methods

Use of monitoring methods

This is an indicator of the popularity of a limited number of monitoring methods, like website statistics, social media statistics (e.g. Facebook, Flickr, Youtube, Wikipedia), database statistics (if not included in website statistics and social media statistics) and user studies.

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Economics

Staff creating and preserving digital collections

Staff creating and preserving digital collections

This indicator establishes whether an institution monitors y/n the actual use (accessing) of its digital collections.

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Incidental versus structural costs

Incidental versus structural costs

Costs of digital collections can be divided into incidental (upfront) costs and structural (ongoing) costs.

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In-house versus outsourced costs

In-house versus outsourced costs

The costs of digital collections can be divided into in-house costs and outsourced costs.

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Sustainability

Policies and sustainability

Policies and sustainability

This indicator is a measure of the internal/managerial support for activities related to the preservation of an institution’s digital collections.

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Use of international preservation standards

Use of international preservation standards

Adherence to international standards in digital preservation practice is understood as a measure of achieved maturity in making the digital collections of an institution sustainable.

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