¶ 1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 Born Digital: Guidance for Donors, Dealers, and Archival Repositories offers recommendations to help ensure the physical and intellectual well being of born-digital materials transferred from donors to archival repositories. The main body of the report surveys the primary issues and concerns related to born-digital acquisitions and is intended for a broad audience with varying levels of interest and expertise, including donors, dealers, and archival repositories. Each of the following sections provides an overview of the key issues and concludes with two lists of recommendations: one for donors and dealers, and a second for repository staff.
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- Initial Collection Review outlines the considerations and approaches that inform interactions among repository staff, donors, and dealers prior to acquisition.
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- Privacy and Intellectual Property addresses ethical and practical concerns related to intellectual property rights as well as private and sensitive information.
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- Key Stages in Acquiring Digital Materials addresses acquisition agreements and contracts, the transfer process, and initial handling once the digital materials arrive at a repository.
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- Post-Acquisition Review by the Repository focuses on staff assessment of the condition and contents of digital media and files after their arrival at a repository, as well as issues related to retention, disposal, and neglect.
¶ 6 Leave a comment on paragraph 6 0 Appendices provide more specific information about how to prepare for the unexpected and possible staffing costs, as well as ready-to-use checklists that incorporate recommendations from throughout the report. These recommendations are not meant to be universal and do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the co-authors’ institutions. Rather, they offer broad, useful guidance for donors, dealers, and repository staff involved in the acquisition of born-digital materials. In order to ensure that born-digital materials arrive at repositories in good condition and accompanied by appropriate documentation, it is vital to convince donors, dealers, repository staff, and others to be mindful of how they handle, document, ship, and receive digital media and files. The larger benefit and concern, as always, is the preservation of important cultural resources. The following recommendations will help archival repositories, donors, and dealers implement practical improvements that will ultimately lead to richer acquisitions.