Only he who knows the past has a future
Wilhelm von Humboldt (1767-1835)
Getting ready for new guidelines
In a perfect scenario digitization (or photo reproduction) is made only once, preserving cultural heritage and allowing access for future generations. However, it is relatively new and extremely complex topic. Navigating through digitization guidelines for historical content and ensuring stable scanning results coming from various scanners can be a demanding task.
Two most popular sets of guidelines, methods and practices come from United States (FADGI - Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative) and Netherlands (Metamorfoze Preservation Imaging Guidelines). Currently, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is working to create new norm: ISO 19264 - which specifies the main image quality characteristics, the metrics used to evaluate these quality characteristics, the procedure for image quality analysis, and how the results of the individual measurements should be reported. It is going to be released within few months together with ISO 19263 - a technical report on best practices for image quality analysis. ISO 19262, the accompanying vocabulary for archival imaging, has already been published. We are recommending examining those documents presenting best practices, even if you are not obliged to follow any specific guidelines.
You can learn more here:
1. FADGI Technical Guidelines for Digitizing Cultural Heritage Materials
2. Metamorfoze Preservation Imaging Guidelines
3. Standardization of Image Quality Analysis – ISO 19264
Digitization has become a vital contribution to the protection of our cultural heritage
Therefore, based on decades of experience, at book2net we coordinate the development of our scanning systems in close cooperation with our customers from archives, museums, libraries, and universities around the world to ensure an ideal balance between the necessary conservatory, ecological and economical requirements.
Quality, productivity and ergonomics are our priorities.
With our pioneering X Matrix Sensor Technology we are setting new standards regarding image quality, resolution and processing time.
Our specially adapted software modules allow an optimal workflow and integration of metadata for a systematic evaluation and communication of the digitized objects.
Our scan-systems provide ideal conditions for a gentle, non-contact digitization of highly sensitive cultural assets.
Customized state-of-the-art digitization for different templates, structures and formats
Modular, specially adapted lighting units, variable support tables, adjustable pressure systems as well as a range of supplements make our scanning systems uniquely flexible - precisely adjusted to the specific needs of your digitization project!
Whether you wish to digitize autographs, books, maps, architectural plans, notes, prints, photographs, miniatures, coins, jewellery, archaeological finds, scientific specimens or archival and documentary material such as glass plate negatives - we offer customized and innovative solutions!