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Florida Statewide Digital Initiative

Interested in digitizing your cultural heritage institution’s materials? 

Here are some resources to guide you. 

Plan and manage your project 

Download this guide (PDF) from the Council of State Archives to help: 

  • Create a project plan.
  • Prepare records, staff and facilities.
  • Document activities, costs and lessons learned.

Check out these Guidelines for Creating Good Digital Content (PDF) for: 

  • Ideas on collaboration, partnerships and outsourcing. 
  • Specifications for text, photos, graphics, artwork, maps and more. 

Review technical guidelines

These guidelines (PDF) from the Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative deal with:

  • Digitization parameters
  • Book and document imaging
  • Microfilm and more

Consider copyright

This information on copyright issues can help you find a good balance between your users and the copyright owners of the content in your digital archive.

Provide a rights statement

We recommend you indicate how human users and search engines can use the digital work in your online archive with a standardized rights statement.

Choose a platform

You can: 

  • Choose an existing platform from one of many available commercially. 
  • Stay tuned for an opportunity to host content on the statewide platform.

Take online classes

Find inspiration in other projects

The Sunshine State Digital Network aggregates other Florida digitization projects, including:

SSDN is also a member of the nationwide Digital Public Library of America. You can also view Florida's DPLA projects

If you are interested in the history of the Florida Statewide Digital Initiative itself, you can see reports on our progress.

Contact us with questions

Contact Dorothy Frank at dorothy.frank@dos.myflorida.com for more information.

imls180.for.panel.jpgMany of these resources and programs are funded under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Florida's LSTA program is administered by the Department of State's Division of Library and Information Services.