Archiving 2016 Conference in Washington DC

 IS&T will be holding its annual Archiving Conference  19-22 April 2016 at the US National Archives, Washington, DC.


Courtesy of Erin Allen, from her blog post, DICE-y Digitization

This Conference brings together an international community of imaging experts, curators, managers, and researchers from libraries, archives, and museums to explore digitization of our cultural heritage, and archiving.

It includes keynotes presentations, short courses, and Behind-the-Scenes tours at the National Gallery of Art, Library of Congress and the National Archives (NARA).

This map image is shown with a object-level target used for evaluation and control of image scanning at the US Library of Congress (Courtesy of Erin Allen, from her blog post, DICE-y Digitization)


Spectral Imaging of Manuscripts: Recovery of the Past and Preservation for the Future, Roger Easton, Rochester Institute of Technology and Keith Knox, Consultant

Implementing Practices that Lead to Use or Reuse of your Collections, Emily Gore, Digital Public Library of America

 Topics includeimage

  • Multi-spectral imaging
  • Asset Management
  • Preservation Formats
  • Image Quality Standards and Quality Assurance
  • Imaging Strategies and Workflows
  • Metadata Standards and Implementation
  • Color Science and Analysis Tools

Download Preliminary Programme here

Conference Registration form here

In praise of monochrome


Praça do Comércio, (Commerce Square) Lisbon Portugal

Another example of a travel photo improved* by algorithm – Google Pictures Assistant. My original was fine, but this version jumps out, as least to me. This was taken last September in Lisbon.

It is memorable because of a great late-afternoon walk, and a chance meeting. Minutes later I heard someone call my name from a restaurant on the far right of the square. It was a friend from Rochester, NY. He was passing through on the way to a conference.
*labelled a stylized photo, although I am not sure which style. I don’t think the optical falloff in the corners is due to my lens.

Image Quality Testing course at Electronic Imaging 2016

Untitled 1Don Williams and I will be presenting an introductory course on image quality testing next month in San Francisco. We adopt a two-hour format, providing a background for those interested in other courses on, e.g.,  Color Calibration, Image Noise Analysis, or 3D acquisition. IS&T’s Electronic Imaging Symposium will be held at the Hilton Hotel in Union Square.

camera_fig1_smallUsing an informal seminar style, we introduce the basics that are often assumed in advanced classes. The what and why, before we get to how to.

  • Why measure Imaging performance for image capture?
  • Standards versus Guidelines
  • Benchmarking competing systems
  • Color test charts, and standard reporting
  • Reference software: free and commercial
  • Sources of variability and measurement error

Course Title: EI01: Introduction to Image Quality Testing: Targets, Software, and Standards*
Sunday, February 14, 2016, 8:00 – 10:00 am
Course Length: 2 hours

Intended Audience
This course is intended for a wide audience: image scientists, quality engineers, and others evaluating digital camera and scanner performance. No background in imaging performance (optical distortion, color-error, MTF, etc.) evaluation will be assumed.

*prices for all increase by $50 after January 14, 2016

Seeing is not always believing

While in Lisbon two weeks ago, I was struck by this illusion of waves in Rossio Square (which many others have noted, of course). Even when standing on the flat surface, things appear undulating if you look away from your feet.

What I also find as interesting, when reviewing my photos is the impression that the walking family appears to have been added from another image. That being my ‘explanation’ for the illusion. They were not. Seeing is not always believing.

Praca Dom Pedro IV (Rossio Square), Lisbon, Portugal

Praca Dom Pedro IV (Rossio Square), Lisbon, Portugal

Imaging Guidelines, FADGI and Archiving 2016


Imaging Performance for Cultural Institutions:  Guidelines for measurement of imaging performance are often presented at IS&T’s Conferences, and Archiving 2016 will be no exception. Recent developments have included US FADGI (Federal Agencies Digital Guidelnes Initiative), led by the Library of Congress’s Office of Strategic Services. In addition, National Library of the Netherlands has publish the Metamorfoze Preservation Imaging Guidelines.


Milford and Pembrokeshire Bank cheque, 1809, courtesy of Mrs. Winifred Joyce Burns

FADGI Comments Invited: An updated version was posted for comments a few days ago. According to the editor, Tom Rieger ( US Library of Congress), ‘Our goal is to create a system that can be easily understood and implemented … from the largest institutions to the smallest historical societies.’

FADGI & Courses at Archiving 2016: These guidelines and imaging standards, and how they are applied will be covered in short courses presented by Don Williams and me at the conference next April in Washington DC. We have fun presenting and leading a seminar-style discussion.

More Information:
Archiving 2016
FADGI Technical Guidelines for Digitizing Cultural Heritage Materials
Metamorfoze Preservation Imaging Guidelines

Archiving 2016 and Multispectral Imaging

imaging_org_conf_archiving2IS&T is organizing the Archiving 2016 Conference, to held in Washington DC next April. Topics range from creating and managing collections, to technology and standards for digital (e.g. images) objects. The abstract deadline in 4 Oct. 2015. Info. here


UV image reveals regions of the Magna Carta

Multispectral Imaging : One topic for this conference is multispectral imaging. For example, at Archiving 2015, Fanella France (US Library of Congress) presented on Integrated Heritage Science Datasets. These often  include multispectral image records, and the results of technical analyses based on them.

British Library: Results from multispectral imaging of the 800 year old Magna Carta were on display at the recently completed exhibition at the British Library. This was carried out by the Centre for Conservation and the Scientific Research Lab., and is described by Christina Duffy, here.

The Laboratory uses a MegaVison (exhibitor at Archiving 2015) camera with 14 spectral bands from near ultraviolet to near infrared.


From the Hebraic Manuscript Digitisation Project, the British Library

Connection: Archiving 2016 will be held in the Archives 1 Building in Washington DC, where the US Constitution and Bill of Rights are displayed. Both were influenced by the Magna Carta and part of the Magna Carta: Law Liberty, Legacy exhibition. I was rather surprised that two of King John’s teeth were also on display in London. I understand they were removed post-mortem, so they are not the result of early English dentistry.

Further information:
Archiving 2016 Conference, 19-22 April 2016
US Labrary of Congress, Multi- and Hyperspectral Imaging

IS&T’s Archiving 2016 and Minneapolis’ Past

imaging_org_conf_archiving2IS&T will again be organizing the Archiving 2016 Conference in Washington DC next April. Topics range from creating and managing collections, to technology and standards for digital (e.g. images) objects. The abstract deadline in 4 Oct. 2015. Info. here


Third Ave. Bridge collection

Case Studies: Conference discussions will also include case studies from large and small institutions and municipalities. A good example of which is the effort to organize and digitize the historical material from the old Minneapolis Municipal Information Library, which closed in 2003.

The project was lead by Josh Schaffer, Minneapolis city records manager. The posted material is thanks in part to students from St. Catherine University’s library and information science program and  the city’s Urban Scholars summer internship program . Here is the article from MPRnews

Unusual Examples from those posted on flickr
– Putting out fires in front of crowds of nuns
– Fire engines full of clowns
– The search for Miss Fire Fighter 1958
and I also recommend checking out the collection of aerial views of the city.


‘Successful rescue’ is the posted caption, but I was thinking ‘What, me worry’ or ‘Safe as houses’

Photos.  courtesy of City of Minneapolis Archives