Last May we invited contacts from approximately 1400 Canadian organizations to complete a collections management survey. The intent of this survey was for CHIN to receive up to date information on the state of collections documentation and digitization in Canadian museums.
In 2011, CHIN conducted a survey on the state of digital preservation in Canadian Museums, and found that while museums often held digital assets, almost no museum had a formal policy or plan for the long-term preservation of these assets.
If you are planning to photograph, scan, or otherwise digitize content for your museum, there are a number of newer resources available to you to help get you started. If your content is being photographed or scanned, there are two newer guides now available.
Following its launch of the Digital Preservation Toolkit, the Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN) is establishing an informal Digital Preservation Discussion Group to develop and share best practices in the preservation of digital content in Canadian Museums.
CHIN recently undertook a survey of its members on the topic of digital preservation. The survey was designed to learn about members’ digital assets, their digital preservation practices, and their training needs.