Guides to Good Practice

This page contains archive links to the original ADS Guides to Good Practice. These were replaced in 2011 with updated guides available here Updated Guides

The Archaeology Data Service, with partners in the Arts and Humanities Data Service (which closed in April 2008) commissioned a series of Guides to Good Practice . These Guides provide practical guidance in applying recognised standards to facilitate the creation, preservation, and re-use of digital resources. Some of the Guides focus on specific methods used by archaeologists, others address broader archiving topics. All Guides identify and explore key issues in digital archiving. The Guides are not intended to serve as method texts, but instead provide pointers to basic literature for those who need more detailed information.

The Guides to Good Practice are also available in print. Email Oxbow Books or phone (01865) 241 249 for more details. Guides and sections of guides are also available to readers in different languages: please contact Catherine Hardman at the ADS if you want access to translated sections. Watch this page for more information about paper editions of the other guides.

Each of these Guides includes tips for discovering and re-using extant digital data, information about creating and managing new digital data, and guidance to ensure proper preparation and documentation of this data for long term archiving.

Other Guides from other parts of the Arts and Humanities Data Service include the following, despite the closure of the AHDS these will remain available archived on the AHDS website:

Title From
Digitising history: a guide to creating electronic resources from historical documents History Data Service (AHDS History)
Secondary Analysis in Historical Research History Data Service (AHDS History)
History GIS History Data Service (AHDS History)
Creating and documenting electronic text Oxford Text Archive (AHDS Literature Language and Linguistics)
Finding and using electronic texts Oxford Text Archive (AHDS Literature Language and Linguistics)
Developing linguistic corpora Oxford Text Archive (AHDS Literature Language and Linguistics)
Creating Digital Performance Resources Performing Arts Data Service (AHDS Performing Arts)
Creating digital resources for the visual arts:standards and good practice Visual Arts Data Service (AHDS Visual Arts)
Using Digital Information in Teaching and Learning in Art and Design Visual Arts Data Service (AHDS Visual Arts)
Why invest in the digitisation of visual arts material Visual Arts Data Service (AHDS Visual Arts)

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