Time Estimation for Processing Born-Digital Collections

OCLC - Hanging Together by Chela Scott Weber | Making informed and accurate projections of skills, time and materials needed for projects is key to responsibly managing the resources and collections entrusted to us. In the realm of archives and special collections, there are good models out there for time estimation and planning for processing paper-based archival collections and cataloging books, but there aren’t clear models yet for born-digital collections. To support the larger efforts of our Collection Building and Operational Impacts Working Group, we were interested in how people are thinking about time estimation and planning for born-digital. To learn more, we hosted a series of calls on the topic with colleagues who work with electronic archival records in the RLP community. While our conversations made clear that this is still an evolving area of work, there were consistent experiences across programs that are worth highlighting and identifying for further exploration.

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