In general, you should consider the following criteria *before* submitting a digital project proposal:
- Who is the audience for this digital project?
- How will users interact with this material?
- Is the material already digitized and available online?
- Do you have permission to digitize and publish online, this material?
- What impact will digitization have on your daily work?
What makes a good digital project? Consider the following criteria and guidelines for selecting project materials. Projects that meet these criteria are most likely to be approved.
- support instruction or research needs
- do not circulate, e.g. rare books, materials from Special Collections
- enhance an existing digital collection
- are unique, e.g. not previously digitized nor available online in any format
- high use, regularly requested by UW faculty or students
- are distinctive and have potential for academic use and general education interest (K-12)
Although some of our projects are grant-funded, it is not necessary to secure outside funding to complete a project with the UWDCC. There is funding provided by UW System and the UW General Library System for digital projects.
- Submit your project proposal using our simple Web form "Submitting A Digital Project Proposal."
- The form is located at: http://uwdcc.library.wisc.edu/forms/submitProposal.shtml
- For information about our project development process, visit: http://uwdcc.library.wisc.edu/projectDev/index.shtml
- The UWDCC Project Assessment and Development (PAD) group will review your proposal and, most likely, ask for additional information.
- UWDCC staff will meet with you to assess your project materials and further discuss the project development process.
- UWDCC staff will complete project documentation necessary to move forward your project, including a cost estimate and project brief that details project deliverables.
- The UWDCC staff will present your project proposal to one of two committees which govern our work: The UW Madison Digital Steering Committee (UW-Madison based projects) or the UW Digital Collections Advisory Committee (UW-System based projects).
- The Committee(s) will respond to the proposal.
- It will accept the proposal in concept.
- Or, it will decline the proposal and may suggest other alternatives for funding.
- If approved, the Committee(s) will ask you to work with UWDCC staff to create a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that fully describes the project and its deliverables.
- When completed, the UWDCC will review and approve the MOU. When approved, it will be sent to the Chairperson of CUWL for final approval by CUWL as a whole or its Executive Committee.
- When notified of acceptance, you will start work with the UWDC Center on the project.