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Collection Development Policy

The Digital Commonwealth Collection Development Policy serves to assure consistency not only about what content is considered within the scope of the Digital Commonwealth project but also what is out of scope. It provides general guidelines to help future and potential contributing institutions evaluate the materials in their collections for possible contribution.

View the Digital Commonwealth Collection Development Policy (PDF).

The Policy provides useful information on:

  • Selection of materials
  • Metadata requirements
  • Access conditions
  • What types of institutions may contribute materials
  • Prioritization of collections
  • Best practices for digitization and description
  • Responsibilities for contributors
  • Copyright
  • Retention and removal

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