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FADGI updates at Library of Congress I\V/A\V Informal Audio Visual Summit in September 2020


Presentation of embARC open source software at IASA Annual Conference in October 2019 and the AMIA Annual Conference in November 2019


Presentation of FADGI's audio digitization performance testing guidelines and demo of ADCTest software at ARSC Annual Conference, May 2018 and an extended version at the Audio Engineering Society Conference in June 2018.


FADGI's AS-07 featured in the No Time To Wait 2 symposium on open media, standardization, and audiovisual preservation in November 2017

Kate Murray introduces the DPX Embedded Metadata Guidelines at the IASA Annual Conference in September 2017

FADGI: Same acronym, new meaning
Updated January 3, 2017

While the Working Groups have focused on digitized content, recent projects have broadened the scope to include selected aspects of born digital content. Long known as FADGI, the acronym’s meaning is updated in 2017 from Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative to the Federal Agencies Digital Guidelines Initiative to reflect this growing area of work.


FADGI Guidelines to Carry CC0 1.0 Universal License
Updated December 23, 2016

As works of the US federal government, FADGI guidelines and documents are in the public domain. Starting in 2017, FADGI publications will carry the CC0 1.0 Universal license for worldwide use and reuse.

Carl Fleischhauer retires from the Library of Congress
Updated April 15, 2016

The Library of Congress and FADGI members wish Carl Fleischhauer all the best in his retirement, effective April 2016. One of the group's founders and an influential and widely respected leader in the audio-visual community, he will remain active in the FADGI community and we look forward to continuing to benefit from his unparalleled skills and experience.


Review drafts for MXF Application Specification AS-07 including Baseband Shim posted at AMWA website; comments requested by November 10, 2014.

File Format Comparison Projects
Posted by both Working Groups  | September 9, 2014

Comparisons of file formats for still-image reformatting, video reformatting, and preservation-oriented treatment of born digital video.  For the reformatting examples, matrixes are used to compare formats in terms of about forty factors.  For born digital video, current practices in six federal agencies are described in case histories.  The offerings include narrative explanatory documents and supplementary reports.


Performance Impairments Caused by Interstitial Errors: Field Test Report. Presented to the Working Group, April 8, 2013.


Analog-to-Digital Converter Performance Specification and Testing. Guideline approved by Working Group, August 20, 2012.

Embedding Metadata in Broadcast WAVE Files. Guideline approved by Working Group, April 23, 2012.

Minimal Descriptive Embedded Metadata in Digital Still Images. Reviewed and Recommended by Working Group, March 23, 2012. Guideline created by the EMDaWG (Embedded Metadata Working Group) of the Smithsonian Institution.


National Archives Digitization Tools Now on GitHub (NARA, October 2011)


Technical Guidelines Now Available | August 24, 2010
The Technical Guidelines for Digitizing Cultural Heritage Materials represents shared best practices followed by agencies participating in the Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative (FADGI).  This comprehensive document reflects the current recommendations of the working group and reflects changes that have occurred in the digitization field during the last five years.

Evaluating Digitization and Digitization Equipment (PDF, 2.45 MB) | August 16, 2010
An overview of the recent technical guidelines developed by FADGI, and how they can be used to evaluate the results of digitization and digitization equipment. Presentation given by Michael Stelmach on August 16, 2010 for the "Issues and Answers in Digitization" Workshop Series, sponsored by CENDI, FLICC and FADGI.

Information Standards Quarterly article (PDF, 5.28 KB) | Spring 2010
The article "Format Considerations in Audio Visual Preservation Reformatting: Snapshots from the Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative" by Carl Fleischhauer was published in the Spring 2010 issue of ISQ: Information Standards Quarterly.

Federal Computer Week article | February 5, 2010
Article about audio-visual collections and archiving in the federal government that includes coverage of the Federal Agencies Audio-Visual Digitization Working Group.


Presentation at IASA (PDF, 1.3 MB) | September 25, 2009
Carl Fleischhauer discussed the federal agencies initiative at the annual conference of the International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives on. After a general introduction, the main portion of the presentation provides an update on activities in the audiovisual working group.

Presentation at Archiving 2009 (PDF, 2.28 MB) | May 7, 2009
Michael Stelmach and Carl Fleischhauer presented an overview of the federal agencies initiative at the IS&T Archiving 2009 conference in Arlington, Virginia, on.


Federal News Radio interview (mp3 file) | October 16, 2008
Michael Stelmach and Carl Fleischhauer discuss this initiative in an interview for Federal News Radio.

Government Video article | October 1, 2008
Carl Fleischhauer is interviewed for an article in Government Video.

GPO releases RFP for Mass Digitization | August 2008
The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) submits A Request for Proposal for Mass Digitization Opportunities.

GPO releases RFI for Inventory of legacy publication | August 2008
The Government Printing Office (GPO) has conducted a market research to obtain estimates for a physical inventory of U.S. Federal government publications.

GPO Re-Launches Registry of U.S. Government Publication | June 2008
GPO has re-launched the Registry of U.S. Government Publication Digitization Projects.


Library of Congress Collaborates with Xerox to Test JPEG 2000 Format | October 2007
The Library and Xerox collaborate to study the potential of using the JPEG 2000 format in large repositories of digital cultural heritage materials.


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
This group works collaboratively on common and sustainable technical guidelines, methods, and practices for digitized and born digital sound recordings and moving images.

Last Updated: 11/22/2021