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Selection Criteria

Materials nominated for digitization should follow the program’s selection criteria:

  • statewide and/or local historical significance that contributes to an understanding of the history of California and its people
  • availability of discovery metadata
  • intellectual property rights in the public domain, held by the owning library, or secured from the rights holder, when possible
  • evidence of collaboration among community heritage organizations
  • technical limitations of equipment to digitize original resources
  • cost of digitizing nominated resources relative to available project funding

Also consider:

  • risk of loss due to physical condition and format obsolescence
  • titles most requested by users

In general, the following content should be excluded:

  • institutional history, unless the institution is/was among the major contributors in California on the content’s subject
  • published or broadcast content, unless copyright is held by the owning library, or secured from the rights holder
  • high school, collegiate and university sports, unless event has historical significance beyond the game itself
  • material duplicates or heavily overlaps material that has already been digitized

Please visit the California Revealed collection to get a sense of the content preserved so far.