Digital asset management

Currall, J.E.P. and Moss, M.S. (2010) Digital asset management. In: Bates, M.J. and Maack, M.N. (eds.) Encyclopedia of Library and Information Sciences. CRC Press: Boca Raton, USA. ISBN 9780849397127

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Managing digital assets in any context is neither simple nor straightforward and demands a level of investment unfamiliar to archivists and librarians in an analogue environment. This entry explains that in meeting this challenge information professionals should build on their previous experience in managing collections in the analogue and not be swayed into believing that the digital represents a paradigm shift in curatorial practice. The authors emphasize the importance of persistence of curatorial practices of appraisal and selection in the digital and warn against the supposed attraction of what appear to be all embracing solutions in capturing and preserving content. They argue that the approach will depend, just as in the analogue, on the organization's goals, responsibilities, and size. A library in a well-endowed research-led university will have very different needs, objectives, and resources than a liberal arts college or a municipal public library. The distinction between “born digital” and digitized objects is explored. The authors insist that, although all digital objects can be reduced to a bit pattern, every genre has very different ontological characteristics that, as in the analogue, demand different approaches in their management and curation. They conclude by emphasizing that the management of digital assets, like every other asset, must be integral to an institution's strategic goals with appropriate allocation of resource supported by a well-articulated business case. For ease of reference the entry is divided into three sections, managing assets, challenges, and management with useful references.

Item Type:Book Sections (Encyclopaedia entry)
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Currall, Dr James and Moss, Professor Michael
Authors: Currall, J.E.P., and Moss, M.S.
Subjects:Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > ZA Information resources > ZA4050 Electronic information resources
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > Information Studies
Publisher:CRC Press

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