In the context of mass digitization, BnF outsources digitization to specialist service providers by way of procurement contracts.
BnF has changed its approach from one of systematically checking the quality of digitized materials before they are placed online to one of managing the quality of the service providers with whom it partners.
Overseeing collection security, financial monitoring, and adherence to timescales.
The first step in the digitization process consists of document selection. Documents are selected in line with previously defined digitization policy and programs.
They are then placed in cases which are sent to digitization service providers.
Examples of reasons for which documents might be rejected
- non-compliant Refnum files (XML files identifying items digitized in image format)
- non-compliant Alto files (XML files identifying pages in items digitized in text format)
- non-compliant technical characteristics of TIFF images
- incorrect input formats for dates of periodicals, etc.
Documents with the above characteristics are sent back to the service provider to be re-digitized.