Digitization and preservation resources

Today I thought I’d provide links to a few resources that provide (free) technical information for the preservation and digitization of images:

For technical specifications related to image digitization, you can’t go wrong with the Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative (FADGI): it’s developed by the Library of Congress, the National Archives, and the National Gallery of Art (among others): LINK to still image digitization; LINK to list of digitization guidelines for film, audio-visual, etc.

For preserving physical objects such as photographs, check out the numerous free publications available from the Image Permanence Institute (IPI): LINK

Finally, for a good overview of all aspects of image management (both physical and digital), have a look at the leaflets provided by the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC): LINK

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2015 Summer Educational Institute for Visual Resources and Image Management

Places are still available for the 2015 Summer Educational Institute for Visual Resources and Image Management (SEI ), to be held June 9-12 at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. http://seiworkshop.org/

This intensive workshop features a curriculum addressing the latest requirements of today’s visual resources and image management professionals. This year’s topics and experienced instructors include:

  • Intellectual property rights: Nancy Sims (Copyright Program Librarian, University of Minnesota)
  • Metadata overview: Gretchen Gueguen (Data Services Coordinator, Digital Public Library of America)
  • Embedded metadata: Greg Reser (Metadata Specialist, University of California, San Diego Library)
  • Digital life-cycle: Liz Gushee (Digital Collections Librarian, Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin)
  • Digital preservation: Nicole Finzer (Visual Resources Librarian, Digital Collections Dept, Northwestern University)
  • Project management: Angela Waarala (Digital Collections Project Manager, University of Illinois Library), Nicole Finzer, Liz Gushee
  • Digital humanities: Jeannine Keefer (Visual Resources Librarian, University of Richmond)

SEI is suited to information professionals new to the field and more experienced professionals eager to respond to fast-changing technological advancements and job requirements. Recent attendees said they definitely would recommend SEI to others: “Good experience and a great way to interact with others doing what I do.” Another wrote ”SEI showed me the range of roles in the field, including what I might encounter in a different position.”

Discounted registration for members of VRA or ARLIS/NA is $595.