Creating your own digital collection can be a fun and challenging undertaking. People usually create collections for multiple reasons. The most common reasons are: documenting and preserving history, sharing history for future generations in hopes of influencing the future, and providing access to remote researchers. Some examples of personal digital collections include family photos and mementos, collectible items, items associated with a specific event, and community history.
Undertaking your own digital collections project involves answering a number of questions, such as what is the purpose of your collection, selecting a platform for the collection, and understanding standards and best practices for scanning images and creating metadata. This guide focuses on these considerations and offers information to help you get started on your digital collection.