Digitization Working Group

The Digitization Working Group is a standing body of the South Asia Open Archives, reporting to the SAOA Executive Board and working in close consultation with the Program Manager, the Infrastructure Working Group, and the Funding Working Group.

Members of the Digitization Working Group:

Aruna Magier, New York University (Chair)

Deepa Banerjee, University of Washington

Abhijit Bhattacharya, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta

Gary Hausman, Columbia University

Jeffrey Martin, University of Michigan

Gautham Reddy, Emory University


The Digitization Working Group solicits ideas for new SAOA content from scholars and librarians, conducts research on available holdings, and selects and prioritizes materials for Executive Board consideration, on all matters associated with SAOA's core mission of providing digital resources for open access. These include, but are not limited to, consulting with other digital projects and archives for content, selection of titles for inclusion, and approaches to copyright clearance for titles. Consults with other SAOA Working Groups as appropriate.  


The Digitization Working Group contributes to one of the most central components of SAOA: the shape of its collections.  When making selection decisions, the work of the Digitization Working Group is informed by two important documents approved by the SAOA membership: 

  1. An evolving set of Selection Guidelines (with expanding content foci for themes and resource types); and
  2. Selection Principles (collection development guidelines).  

These two documents help focus SAOA’s collection development around thematic areas and provide a rationale for making informed selection decisions. 


The Digitization Working Group is composed of at least three or more members from SAOA member institutions appointed by the Executive Board. At least one member will be from the Executive Board and that member will Chair or Co-Chair the Working Group. The SAOA Project Manager participates in meetings of the Working Group. While there is no fixed term of service for Digitization Working Group members, they are encouraged to participate for at least two years to help ensure continuity and progress.

Tasks, Timelines, and Deliverables:

Tasks, timelines, and deliverables for the Working Group will typically be recommended by the Executive Board. The Working Group may also propose tasks within its purpose that contribute to the SAOA mission. 


The Digitization Working Group reports to the Executive Board on a monthly basis and more often if requested. The Executive Board will be responsible for reporting recommendations by the Working Group to the SAOA membership. 

Updated on October 16, 2020

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