Digital Archiving Resources

Technical Guidelines for Digitizing Archival Materials for Electronic Access: Creation of Production Master Files – Raster Images

Title

Technical Guidelines for Digitizing Archival Materials for Electronic Access: Creation of Production Master Files – Raster Images

Subject

Archives

Description

These standardized guidelines published by the Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative are what constitute the collection of best practices when it comes to digitizing images and documents. This is a document that is updated for the National Archives and Records Administration’s Technical Guidelines for Digitizing Archival Records for Electronic Access that was published in 2004 and contains updates that have been made in the field since the last document was published. One of the tasks of the Still image Working Group is to “define a common set of quality or performance metrics that can be used in describing and evaluating digital objects.” These standards cover master image files, scanning practices for photographs and microfilm, and metadata types and assessment of metadata needs for different images.
These guidelines represent highly specific and technical best practices for the digital preservation of images for federal archival agencies and serve as an important set of guidelines. Image issues such as color preservation and resolution are important considerations for the archiving agency and this set of standardized practices can provide a uniform approach to such matters.

Creator

Puglia, S.
Reed, J.
Rhodes, E.

Publisher

U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

Date

2004

Contributor

Polk, Victoria

Rights

NARA

Type

Journal Article

Identifier

http://www.archives.gov/preservation/technical/guidelines.pdf

Bibliographic Citation

Puglia, S., J. Reed, and E. Rhodes. "Technical Guidelines for Digitizing Archival Materials for Electronic Access: Creation of Production Master Files – Raster Images." U. S. National Archives and Records Administration, (2004): 1-87. Web. 26 Apr. 2015.

Files

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Citation

Puglia, S., Reed, J., and Rhodes, E., “Technical Guidelines for Digitizing Archival Materials for Electronic Access: Creation of Production Master Files – Raster Images,” Digital Archiving Resources, accessed September 24, 2017, http://dar.cah.ucf.edu/items/show/38.