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Guidelines: Technical Guidelines for Digitizing Cultural Heritage Materials
Still Image Working Group

The document below, prepared by the Still Image Working Group in 2015, is an update of the 2010 Technical Guidelines for Digitizing Cultural Heritage Materials: Creation of Raster Image Master Files.  This revision of the guidelines expands on the earlier works and incorporates new material reflecting the advances in imaging science and cultural heritage imaging best practice.  The format has changed.  Relevant information specific to defined imaging tasks has been grouped into individual chapters, along with guidance on how to apply the guidelines to specific tasks.  These guidelines are intended to be used in conjunction with the DICE (Digital Image Conformance Environment) targets and software developed by FADGI and the Library of Congress.  Together, these guidelines and the DICE testing and monitoring system provide the foundation for a FADGI-compliant digitization program.  The draft revision will be available for public comment until December 1, 2015, with publication of the final version anticipated in January 2016.

The Guidelines represents shared best practices for still image materials (e.g., textual content, maps, and photographic prints and negatives) followed by agencies participating in the Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative (FADGI).

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Current Document

DRAFT Technical Guidelines for Digitizing Cultural Heritage Materials (2015) (PDF, 1.05 MB)

2010 Document

The 2010 version of the Guidelines drew substantially on the National Archives and Records Administration’s Technical Guidelines for Digitizing Archival Records for Electronic Access: Creation of Production Master Files – Raster Images (June 2004), but included additional recommendations of the working group, particularly with regard to equipment and image performance metrics, quality management, and metadata.

Technical Guidelines for Digitizing Cultural Heritage Materials (2010)  (PDF, 5.43 MB)

Updated by Working Group – September 23, 2015

Working Groups

Still Image Working Group
This group is involved in a cooperative effort to develop common digitization guidelines for still image materials.

Audio-Visual Working Group
The goal for this working group is to identify, establish, and disseminate information about standards and practices for the digital reformatting of audio-visual materials by federal agencies.

Last Updated: 09/24/2015