NEW ZEALAND DIGITISATION SURVEY

We ran surveys in 2013 and 2014 to help us better understand the state of digitisation activity in NZ. Our next survey will be run in 2018. Anonymised results are available from:

National Digital Forum. 2017. NDF Digitisation Survey Results (2013, 2014, 2016) https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.4747411.v1 

Full results are available by request to admin@ndf.org.nz.

Summary of 2016 results

The third digitisation survey was completed with 131 responses (in comparison with 63 and 93 in 2014 and 2013). Highlights from the survey:

  • 98% of organisations are digitising to extend access and 83% are doing so for preservation purposes showing a mix of reasons with a lot of overlap
  • Photos are the most common type of object being digitised, although all types of content are represented fairly well (> 20%)
  • At risk items such as VHS, CD’s and Cassette Tapes are well represented in their respective content types
  • Most organisations planned to make the material available on their own websites and a large number are using Facebook
  • Once again funding is a huge issue with almost 1/2of the respondents having no funding and a further 31% having less than $10,000/year
  • Time and funding once again were key challenges for organisations. Expertise and equipment were also mentioned.  
  • For those where the selection criteria had changed there was more emphasis refining the selection criteria and refining systems
  • Collaboration is happening across the board with museums and libraries (local and national), vendors, and other community groups  
Thanks to Rachel Prosser for creating this word cloud of top digitisation challenges facing organisations.

Thanks to Rachel Prosser for creating this word cloud of top digitisation challenges facing organisations.

Summary of 2014 results

The second digitisation survey was completed with 63 responses (in comparison with 93 in 2013). Results indicated that 58 planned on digitising and making the results available outside the organisation, with 5 not doing so (roughly similar to 2013). Highlights from the survey:

  • Photos are the most common type of object being digitised, followed by manuscripts, newspapers, and artefacts.
  • Most organisations planned to make the material available on their own websites, though some are using third party sites such as Facebook and DigitalNZ.
  • 46% (29) were working with no dedicated funding, 17.5% (11) had $10-$50 K, 6.3% (4) had between $50-$100 K (up from 2 in 2013). Only one had more than $500K (same as 2013).
  • 81% said funding was about the same as 2013, 14% (9) higher or much higher, 5% (3) lower or much lower.
  • Challenges were almost identical to 2013: staffing, funding, time (only a few mentioned technology/equipment).
  • Digital skill gaps generally related to limited staff time/interest/organisational support.
  • Selection policies largely the same as in 2013, though some respondents indicate a shift to focusing on WW1 material during the period.
  • 71% (45) were planning to collaborate with another institution, in contrast to 2013 when only 52% (48) were.
  • While some collaboration was local/regional, most involved either the National Library or NZ Micrographics.

SUMMARY OF 2013 RESULTS

There was a higher response rate in 2013 but with similar findings to the 2014 highlights. Download a summary of results.