Society for Imaging Science and Technology (IS&T) Archiving Conference 2004

April 20-23, 2004
Hyatt Regency Hotel
San Antonio, TX, USA

Sponsored by the Society for Imaging Science and Technology

In cooperation with:

TAGA Technical Association of the Graphic Arts
OCLC Online Computer Library Center
CNI Coalition for Networked Information
DLF Digital Library Federation
RLG Research Library Group
MCN Museum Computer Network
ALA American Library Association
AIC American Institute for Conservation
CCI Canadian Conservation Institute
ECPA European Commission on Preservation and Access
SPIE The International Society for Optical Engineering
ALCTS Association for Library Collections & Technical Services

How will we recover our images and documents a year, a decade, a generation or a century from now? How we will store and preserve documents now so as to enable future access? How can we retrieve, recover and restore materials of personal and cultural significance?

The Archiving Conference 2004 will address the complex and widely varying topics in the field of archiving by bringing together technical experts *both* from industry and from cultural institutions (libraries, archives, and museums) engaged in long-term preservation. The goals are to benchmark or critique systems that might be in place to preserve our digital and hardcopy information, as well as to identify those areas where systems and technology are not yet up to the task, and further research is of high priority.

The conference will include invited presentations by recognized experts with extensive experience in this field, refereed papers, and a series of tutorials to cover the technical basics of archiving. Special keynote presentations are planned, including ones by Gordon Bell of Microsoft Research on his MyLifeBits research, and Clifford Lynch, Executive Director of the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI).


  • Digital Image Archiving
    • Standards for digital formats, color spaces, compression
    • Indexing and searching
    • Saving digital data to physical media
  • Archiving Conventional Media
    • Standards for paper manufacturing
    • Archival inks
    • Photographic archives, including micro-formats
    • Storage requirements
    • Indexing and retrieval
  • Digitization for Archiving
    • High speed scanning
    • High quality scanning
    • OCR, indexing and retrieval
  • Obsolescence of Digital Media
    • Software and hardware obsolescence
    • Longevity of digital media
    • Cost of media rollover
  • Accessing Electronic Archives
    • Indexing and searching methods
    • Web portals
    • Content and digital asset management
  • Emerging Digital Standards
    • PDF/A
    • JPEG 2000
    • MPEG
    • Security and watermarking
    • Digital rights management
    • eBooks
  • Case Studies
    • Digital Archives
    • Long-term archives
    • Museum collections
    • Libraries
    • Film archives
    • Medical records
  • Personal Photo Archives
    • Personal digital archives
    • Saving pictures for a lifetime
    • Indexing and organizing
    • Digital versus paper

A full program of tutorials is scheduled for Tuesday, April 20, 2004.

General Conference Chairs
Franziska Frey, Rochester Institute of Technology,
Robert Buckley, Xerox Corporation,

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