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This article presents the process, challenges and lessons learned from carrying out a small digital project to create a web resource of unique historic materials related to crime in New York City. All aspects of digital project management are discussed including selection, infrastructure, budgeting, workflow and delivery. Experiences from project administration, including management of a combination in-house and outsourced digitization and metadata are discussed. Formation and management of the resulting web resource is explained, which is the product of a creative amalgamation of commercial and open source software. Challenges encountered are presented with suggestions for practical solutions and considerations for future projects.


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Belcher, E. & Sexton, E. (2008). Digitizing criminals: Web delivery of a century on the cheap. OCLC Systems & Services: International Digital Library Perspectives, 24(2): 116-132. DOI:




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