|What is a
digital registry and why is it needed?
efforts focused on special collections – unique materials. But now digitization of books and serials,
mass-produced materials held by many organizations, is becoming common. Ejournals, ebooks, and other born digital
materials are also being acquired and used by many libraries. The digital
registry concept was intended to help libraries avoid duplicating each
other’s digitization and digital archiving efforts.
Registry was defined to make it possible to determine
|•What specific items have been, or are planned to be,
digitized with a commitment to sustainability
|•What archival holdings of born-digital materials exist and
who is committing to their preservation
|•Where these holdings can be accessed
|•The technical specifications and management practices
being used to sustain these digital objects
|The scope of the
registry includes “faithful” reproductions of books and serials, and born
digital items. All items included in
the registry are to be of traditional bibliographic entities.