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Dr. Shrout

Best Practices for Digital Archives

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  • Adaptability - data should be structured so that it is possible to change the platform as technology changes
  • Accessability - access should be free
  • Data is easy to navigate
  • Data is easy to extract
  • User friendly
    • Usability
    • ADA accessability
    • Usable user interface
    • Sufficient context (not too much, not too little)
    • Good design
    • Include original sources and transcriptions/descriptions
  • Sustainability
    • Funding
    • Maintaining Awareness
    • Environmental sustainability
    • Consistant maitenance
    • Easy to identify makers
    • Cross-platform
  • Give the community agency over digitized materials
  • Support intentional silences
  • Work with communities to fill silences that are the product of structural inequality
  • Thorough and comprehensive, but with a defined scop
  • Good design