FADGI publishes the Technical Guidelines for Digitizing Cultural Heritage Material (3rd ed) for public comment

The Federal Agencies Digital Guidelines Initiative ( FADGI) Still Image Working Group has published revision of Still Image Digitization Guidelines, 3rd edition. The newly-revised guidelines are in draft form and open for public review and comment. The FADGI Still Image Working Group encourages members of the cultural heritage digitization and archiving communities to provide feedback on the draft revision. The public comment period will close on Friday, August 5, 2022. The Working Group will then finalize the revised Guidelines and publish by January 2023.

The Technical Guidelines for Digitizing Cultural Heritage Materials: Third Edition is an update of the 2016 Technical Guidelines for Digitizing Cultural Heritage Materials: Creation of Raster Image Master Files. The latest version expands on the earlier works and include information on the four components of a FADGI-conforming imaging program: technical imaging parameters, best practices, digital image conformance evaluation, and professional staff. The Guidelines include criteria for evaluating digital image quality for a variety of original object types, including rare and special materials, general collections, transmissive materials such as film and x-ray, manuscripts, artwork, and more.

These guidelines are intended to be used in conjunction with digital image conformance evaluation targets and software. Together, these guidelines and appropriate testing and monitoring systems provide the foundation for a FADGI-conforming digitization program. Please see the Still Image Guidelines Resources page linked below for additional documentation and software resources.

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DRAFT Technical Guidelines for Digitizing Cultural Heritage Materials - 3rd Edition. (PDF)

You can submit comments or questions on the revised Guidelines at fadgistillimage@loc.gov, or by using the comment form on the FADGI website.