Born Digital

The National Library of Ireland works to develop our unique, living national collection. A strategic priority for 2016-2021 is to become a leader in digital collecting and delivery. A key way of achieving this goal is through innovation and by implementing new approaches to collecting born-digital content for Ireland.

In January of 2017 we started the National Library of Ireland Born Digital pilot project. This project is in response to the challenge of collecting, preserving and making available Irish digital content which is growing at an unprecedented rate, and which is in huge danger of loss. It also arose in recognition of our role as an Irish memory institution in a digital age.

The pilot project is designed to collect born digital content and manage it from acquisition through to making it available to the public as part of a full collection management lifecycle. We aim to develop, document and trial workflows around a number of different content types including both textual and visual material. We will obtain this content from a number of different collection types ranging from personal collections to organisational collections, and will work with our donors, through all the relevant stages of the project.

The pilot project is broken down into four different stages and the timeline is subject to change.

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Some resources on Born Digital Collecting: