JISC (originally, Joint Information Systems Committee) is the UK’s expert on information and digital technologies for education and research. I find countless useful resources on their fine website, but recently stumbled upon a collection of digitization (digitisation) project plans that could serve as valuable road maps in many similar digital projects initiatives.
For example, the Museum of Design in Plastics, a leading resource for the study and interpretation of design in plastics, presented the final report and project plan details for the digital creation of a high quality “record of artefacts demonstrating design in plastics and the functional specification for an improved resource to support research into design in plastics and its cultural impact.”
The project details include such things as workflow, staffing, budgets, standards, interoperability information, rights clearance procedures and data dictionaries. If you’d like to know whether a digital collection used VRA Core or Dublin Core, which controlled vocabularies and authorities were implemented or even how many staff members were dedicated to the project, this is the place to find out.
The unique plastic items on the MODIP site feature full catalog records like this one:
||Museum of Design in Plastics: Arts University College at Bournemouth
||This novelty pig-shaped radio and money box dates from the 1970s. It has a cream-coloured, rounded body with brown leatherette ears which cover the radio controls. The facial features of the pig are painted in black and there is a printed ‘LOVE’ logo on the rump.
||AIBDC : 001917
||height 110mm, length 135mm, width 90mm
||plastic, PS, polystyrene, vinyl
||Everyday objects, such as those in this collection, are sometimes difficult to research. If you have any information about this object please contact the museum on firstname.lastname@example.org.
||MoDiP has done its utmost to obtain clearance from all IPR holders before adding images to this catalogue, if you believe that any image has been used without permission please contact us on email@example.com.
There are over fifty such projects complete with detail on the JISC site currently.