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The National Museum of Australia Releases Update to Digital Preservation and Digitisation Policy

August 29, 2012

The National Museum of Australia has released an update to their digital preservation and digitisation policy. The latest version features several detailed sections that together serve as a thorough example of a policy for both analogue and digital objects identified for preservation and/or digitisation.


Among the defined objects are audio recordings, moving image materials, multimedia, and interactive formats.

Only ten pages long, this particular policy employs definitions, processes, and terms commonly used in publications and is written with supreme clarity in order to make it easily comprehensible by a diverse audience. The policy includes a ‘References’ section with links to other policies and digitisation literature that proved influential towards its development, including  references to The Charter on the Preservation of the Digital Heritage (2003) from UNESCO, several resources from the Canadian Heritage and Information Network (CHIN), and the AGLS Metadata Standard developed by the National Archives of Australia (NAA).

The NAA website has put considerable effort into promoting the openness and transparency of their policies and guidelines. Other organisations have recently taken a similar approach: the Federal Agencies Digitisation Guidelines Initiative (FADGI) , a collaborative effort of federal agencies in the United States and home to the Audio-Visual Working Group, has a goal of defining common guidelines, methods, and practices for digitising historical content. The Smithsonian Museum, sharing a similar collection to the National Museum of Australia, also has several publications and resources available website, pertaining to policies and procedures.

The latest version of the National Museum of Australia’s digital preservation and digitisation policy can be found here. Additional policies can be found on their website.


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