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

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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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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Demand

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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Economics

Staff creating and preserving digital collections

Staff creating and preserving digital collections

This indicator specifies the total number of people (in full-time equivalent) that are engaged in creating, maintaining, enhancing and preserving the 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

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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