Benchmarking conversion costs: a report from the Making of America IV Project
[October 15, 2001]
Copyright (c) 2001 Research Library Group
Abstract: From the introduction: "From February 1999 to February 2001, the University of Michigan University Library engaged in a large-scale digitization project entitled "The Making of America IV: The American Voice, 1850-1877," commonly known as MoA4. MoA4 extends and tests the methods used in the original Making of America project, a collaborative endeavor between the University of Michigan and Cornell University, funded by the Mellon Foundationóreferred to as MoA1(1). Moa4 increased the content of the Making of America by almost 500%. The project, also funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, was undertaken to answer the question: what are the costs and methods of using digital technologies for preserving and deploying monographic materials? The Mellon Foundation welcomed the creation of this digital content, but its primary interest was the accompanying documentation of costs and methods. This article is one venue for sharing some of that information; costs and methods are fully documented in Assessing the Costs of Conversion."