Standards for Digital Images

Tuesday, 11/17/2015 - Wednesday, 11/18/2015
  • 10:00 AM-6:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 9:00 AM-5:00 PM (Central)
  • 8:00 AM-4:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 7:00 AM-3:00 PM (Pacific)

Determining and applying local standards for digital images involves juggling recommended best practices and local needs, systems, equipment, staffing, and available server space. Best practices can be based on a continuum from a) make the best possible high quality copy now and save it forever to b) more product and less process (i.e., make an access copy that meets needs now). Local practices may vary depending on the type of material, too.

Join colleagues in discussing standards you use or would like to use, the local constraints that influence your determination of local standards, changes you’ve made to local practices over time, and, in real life, what a best practice for digital images looks like.

Learning Outcomes

Chance to participate in discussion of:

  • standards used for born-digital and locally digitized images in libraries and cultural heritage institutions
  • how local constraints, systems, and equipment impact the application of standards
  • decision-making processes used in determining local standards for access and preservation copies of digital resources
  • digital preservation archives

Who Should Attend

People involved with local digital repositories, digitization, and digital curation.


Ann Caldwell is Head of Digital Production Services in the Brown University Library. The unit is responsible for digitization and photography for the library as well as non-MARC metadata for the Fedora-based repository. In addition it assists with data curation, digital preservation and library exhibits. The unit also publishes a blog, Curio, describing its many activities.

Felicity Dykas is the Head of Digital Services at the University of Missouri—Columbia. Her unit is responsible for digitization, content acquisition for the digital library and institutional repository, digitization, cataloging of repository material, and maintenance and development of the digital library (Islandora) and institutional repository (Dspace) platforms.




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