In the fall of 2001, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) published the "Framework of Guidance for Building Good Digital Collections" on their Web site. The report, which was done in collaboration with participants from the National Science Foundation's Science, Mathematics, Engineering, and Technology Education Digital Library program, highlights "digitization collection practices that facilitate integration and aggregation of digital information resources developed by museums, libraries, and similar institutions." Comments and responses to the Framework were solicited from the digital library community through May 1, 2002. In response to this solicitation, Timothy W. Cole presented "Creating a Framework of Guidance for Building Good Digital Collections" at the Web-Wise 2002 conference held in March. Cole's paper illustrates the context and development of IMLS's Framework, briefly depicts the essential ideas articulated in the Framework, and concludes with remarks regarding the immediate impacts of the work accomplished by the IMLS Digital Library Forum and a call for the continued development and maintenance of the Framework. The paper consists of 8 sections -- Introduction, Starting Premise, Framework Scope and Organization, Principles for Good Digital Collections, Principles for Good Digital Objects, Principles for Good Metadata, Principles for Good Digitization Projects, and Concluding Remarks -- and is valuable to those particularly interested in the digitization of primary source materials.


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