The first critical step toward building a powerful online presence is creating and implementing a comprehensive strategic plan that clearly articulates the necessary steps to developing and creating value from a robust digital collections repository. Whether you’re wondering where to begin, have started digitizing materials, or already maintain a fully-digitized collection, our Digital Collections Plan is the best investment you can make for the long-term sustainability of your digital presence.
HistoryIT’s strategic planning services include:
Assessment of your physical and digital collections
Examination of your capacity and the feasibility to sustain digital collections
Audit of current catalogs and technology
Creation of a customized, phased plan to build or enhance your digital collections
Recommendations for fundraising possibilities
Consideration of potential monetization opportunities
PHYSICAL COLLECTION SUPPORT
In order to build a cutting edge digital collection, many organizations first need assistance with their physical collection. Our specialists can organize and process your physical collection, rehouse all materials in proper archival containers, and deliver a fully processed, safe collection to you. You may also opt to store your materials with us.
Not all cataloging systems for digital collections are the same. In order to connect the stories in your digital collections with the audiences you seek, your digital collection must live in a robust digital platform environment. HistoryIT will migrate existing catalog metadata and digital assets from your current system or systems to their customized digital collection software.
One of the primary desired outcomes of having a digital collection is easy searchability. Truly usable digital collections will be optimized so various audiences can easily locate materials of interest.
HistoryIT provides search planning and implementation services that include:
Enhanced metadata plans that extend professional standards metadata
Volume metadata implementation by teams of metadata specialists that allow you to quickly build large catalogs
Streamlining one or more catalog management systems in order to create a unified, highly searchable system
Social media outreach
DIGITAL PRESERVATION IMAGING
HistoryIT manages digital imaging services for any size collection and any kind of material. We produce high quality digital files of your documents, images, maps, blueprints, artwork, audio, video, and other formats in record time. We then fully integrate them with the rest of your digital collections.
AUDIENCE ENGAGEMENT & EXPANDED OUTREACH
HistoryIT specialists design and implement ways to keep visitors engaged with your digital collections. We customize connections between the audiences you reach and the content you hold. Enhanced metadata tagging and social media outreach are two of the elements that aid in broadening the reach of your digital collection.
We specialize in:
- Curated experiences
- Interactive experiences
- Educational modules
- Social media outreach
HistoryIT is a mission-driven company with the goal of saving history by making our primary sources digital in a sustainable way that most people can find using their normal language. As such, we care most about the history itself and making sure that we are creating solutions that truly support your work. We see ourselves not merely as vendors, but as partners in supporting and promoting your digital history.
Long-term benefits of partnering with HistoryIT are:
- Organization brand and identity building
- Increased audience awareness and engagement
- Assistance in staying ahead of the technology curve (future proofing!)
- Continued assistance in locating new ways to utilize and promote your digital collection
- Legacy preservation