Born-Digital Objects in the Deeds of Gift of Collecting Repositories: A Latent Content Analysis Public Deposited

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  • February 28, 2019
  • Farrell, Matthew J.
    • Affiliation: School of Information and Library Science
  • This study describes a latent content analysis of the deeds of gift currently used by collecting repositories in the United States. The study was conducted to determine the presence of a range of concepts related to digital materials and born-digital objects in a collecting repository's deed of gift. Nearly one-third of 80 deeds of gift discuss digital materials, yet only five repositories currently address born-digital objects. Access to digital materials and digital preservation activities are the concepts most likely to be addressed in deeds of gift, while the specification of the repository as holder of the official research digital copy, the creation of technical metadata, and method of capturing born-digital objects are among the concepts least likely to be discussed. Data suggest longer deeds of gift are more likely to address concepts related to digital materials and born-digital objects.
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