Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Re-reading "The Digital Black Hole"

Back in April, I mentioned the article "The Digital Black Hole" by Jonas Palm. I've been re-reading the article and want to point out several of his graphics (figures).

First on page 2 (Figure 2) is "The Life Cycle of Digitization Projects." Palm has created this based on "The Life Cycle of Massive Stars." This graphic says much about how projects live and die! (And -- yes -- project do die.)

Then on page 11 are graphics that show the activities involved in digitizing materials and their percentage of the costs (Figure 13 & 14). While scanning takes the most cost, many people will be amazed at how much cost administration incurs. These graphics would be good to show project management when discussing what goes into a project and the costs associated with them. Although the graphics give no specific costs, they would help teams think about all of the costs that must be considered.

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Anonymous said...

Jill, thanks for your blog content. I'm a regular reader via archives blogs. My work blog http://blog.awm.gov.au/lawrence/
My role at the AWM is Head of our Research Centre (records of war archive, reading room & other library-type collections). Over the last few years we've digitised a lot of records from different archival series and I'm usually called on to talk about digitisation projects a few times per year. Recently I put together http://del.icio.us/malbooth that holds some basic references (including your blog) for those beginning digitisation projects. It also contains a slideshare presentation that at a very basic level outlines what is involved in an archival digitisation project. During the presentation I stressed that scanning is only a very small slice of the process in any real project.