- Define the intended audiences of the digital material.
- Determine how different audiences might use the material.
- Determine how users will locate the material (i.e., through HOLLIS, VIA, local catalog, or Web site, et cetera).
- Determine if other finding aids will be necessary.
- Determine what functionality the digitized version of the material should offer (i.e., searchability; ability to print/download/save/e-mail; links to other resources; enhanced research capabilities; bringing together different formats in the digitized collection that cannot be brought together otherwise such as photos, audio clips, et cetera).
- Determine the level of user privileges. (For example, which users will have access to the material and from what machines?)
If access to the material will be through a dedicated Web site:
- Decide who will design, implement, and maintain the Web site;
- Determine where the site will be hosted;
- Determine any security measures the site will require;
- Determine who will have access to the Web site (i.e., will it be open to the public or only to certain types of users?);
- Determine if the site will require password access.
- Draft restriction notice to accompany online collection, if necessary.
- Begin designing mock-ups of the user interface (incorporating functional components as determined earlier).
- Modify/create finding aids.
- Draft final user interface.
- Create an HTML mock-up.
- Invite select users to look at the site.
- Develop and insert any hypertext links (other than to the material itself).
- Insert search engine, if necessary.
- Add graphics to the HTML pages.
- Mount HTML pages on test server.
- Invite users to test the site.
- Add access restrictions if necessary (passwords).
- Add security scripting if necessary.
- Review interface for accuracy and completeness.
- Evaluate the test results and make modifications as necessary.
The content of this page was taken from Guidelines for Digital Reformatting Projects.
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