The Digitization Projects Registry allows institutions to work collaboratively in their efforts to digitize U.S. Government materials in order to complement research sources and prevent duplicative efforts. Not every institution is equipped to digitize. Digitization requires time, technology, staff, and funding.
Even if you aren't currently able to sponsor an entire project to digitize Federal publications, you can still contribute to the digitization projects of others or embark upon a joint project.
If you want to contribute to a project, view the list of the digitization projects that are seeking collaborators. Click on the title of the project and then click on the "Contact Owner" link at the bottom of the project page to email the owner of the project.
Ways to collaborate include:
- Providing subject expertise in determining collections or series that are candidates for digitization.
- Loaning or offering materials eligible for discard.
- Suggesting collections that could expand or complement a project.
- Providing research into technology or funding opportunities for a project. Grant proposals may need to be written, proofread, and/or checked for compliance.
- Donating the time of students and/or staff available to assist with scanning, conducting quality control, or researching of metadata.
- Monitoring U.S. Government Printing Office's Needs & Offers to locate missing copies from a project's collection.
Project owners seeking assistance with their project may find assistance from experts in Federal information through the FDLP Community site, a social networking site for Federal depository librarians. These Federal librarians self-identify themselves as subject matter experts in a variety of subjects. Oftentimes, these librarians will volunteer their services.