Possible Selection Criteria For Digital Resources


The following are potential selection criteria that might be applied by a national bibliographic agency when developing its policy for digital resources.

  • Unique content (i.e. solely available in digital form)
  • Value in relation to an existing analogue collection i.e. the resource complements the analogue collection; continues solely in digital form a formerly analogue resource, e.g. a journal that started as print and converted to electronic, no longer continuing the print issues)
  • Representative of digital ephemera that will be of relevance to future researchers
  • Technical requirements for use i.e.:

    • Ease of navigation
    • Range of functionality
    • Server reliability
    • Ease of migration)
  • Metadata (the availability of associated metadata)

Representative of contemporary digital resources