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The selection process requires considerable investment of staff time in assessing the value to users of the informational content of the source material, either as individual documents, or as a collection of documents. The volume of material for digitization and the conversion cost per page as well as the relevance to other on-line resources needs to be evaluated. The selection process may involve lengthy partnerships developed in multiinstitutional initiatives for digital collection development.

A CD-writer. which is an essential peripheral to provide the means to copy the digital product to CDROMs. especially if storage space is a problem or if CD-ROMs are planned for resale. A modem or an Ethernet network card for Internet access An A3 flatbed scanner optically capable of true resolution of 600 dpi (ppi) or higher. Interpolated results to achieve a higher resolution can result in an unacceptable loss of details. Smaller A4 flatbed scanners are not able to capture the full dimensions of imperial foolscap documents of which many archival collections are comprised.

Based on the following factors: Extent of existing collection-level description. Need to modify metadata for various user audiences. Compatibility to make collection visible through a Gateway. The cost of metadata or indexing processes are disproportionately high (60% of total cost). as they are conducted by qualified information specialists. who often need to be re-skilled in the use of new standards. Post capture processing includes quality control against 'the conversion standard selected and re-scanning where necessary.

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