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Minimum Digitization Capture Recommendations

by on August 24, 2012

A wonderful document has been released. The Minimum Digitization Capture Requirements from ALA.  What is linked to is the draft form, but it already contains very valuable standards.  It is very detailed, and has solid examples.

One of the things I really love about this document is the acceptance that there are different reasons to scan thing, and that those different reasons have different results, different processes, and different challenges.

A quote from page 11:

“Digitizing for informational content is somewhat different than creating a surrogate for artifactual reasons where granules are clearly seen. Capturing the image such that the important elements are represented is usually adequate when one is concerned with the informational content, though it should be noted that photographs are commonly enlarged or magnified to view smaller elements clearly. It may be necessary to capture individual light sensitive granules when specific information on the original photographic process is important.”

Also, they talk about a variety of different kinds of objects, and the unique problems associated with them, and the specific recommendations for those types of objects.

Mind you, the report is talking about “minimum” requirements, which I think is a great way to approach this.  You can do more if you can, but no matter what you do, you should try to do at least this much.  Those are realistic guidelines.

I highly recommend taking a look.


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