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Framework of Guidance for Good Digital Collections

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NISO, with the generous support of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, has now completed the third edition of A Framework of Guidance for Building Good Digital Collections. The Framework establishes principles for creating, managing, and preserving digital collections, digital objects, metadata, and projects. It also provides links to relevant standards that support the principles and additional resources.


The Framework was initially developed in 2000 (1st edition) and revised in 2004 (2nd edition). The 3rd edition (December 2007) updates and revises the Framework in order to incorporate it into a website for use by library and museum practitioners. The PDF is now available. In addition, a new web platform is being developed for the Framework that will encourage community participation in the document, soliciting feedback, annotations, resources, and discussion.