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Digital Initiatives

Digital Initiatives was formed in 2012 to share expertise in collecting, creating, and preserving digital copies of items relating to North Dakota's cultural heritage and government. Digital Initiatives will offer services related to the creation, display, storage, and preservation of digital collections.


Staff will offer consultation, training, and resources on issues such as:

Digital Collections

Digital Initiatives focuses primarily on digital projects that relate to the cultural history of the region, documentation and publications of state agencies, and publications on the histories of the counties and towns within the state.

Digital Horizons

Digital Horizons is a digital library consortium consisting of thousands of images, documents, videos, and oral histories depicting life on the Northern Plains. Digital Horizons provides a fascinating snapshot of the lives, culture, and history of the people who shaped life on the prairies. Click below to browse the State Library's collections on Digital Horizons.

Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)

DPLA is an online repository that connects people to the millions of hidden riches held within libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions. Through a partnership with the Big Sky Country Digital Network, the State Library's digital collections are accessible on DPLA.

Through this partnership, the State Library has also paved the way for other North Dakota institutions to join. If your institution is interested in contributing its digital collections to DPLA, contact Digital Initiatives. You can also visit the North Dakota DPLA page for more information.


ScanDay is an event hosted in libraries, schools, and institutions across the state, in which Digital Initiatives staff bring scanning and photography equipment to a community and digitize photographs, documents, and objects. This project was started to help communities engage in building local and state history by submitting items of historical value to be converted into digital files and then displayed online on Digital Horizons. Contact Digital Initiatives if your library or organization is interesting in hosting a ScanDay. You can also visit the ScanDay FAQ page for more information.

If you are unable to attend a ScanDay but would still like to contribute materials to the North Dakota Memories collection, contact Digital Initiatives to discuss options.

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