LYRASIS Webinar Series: FADGI (Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative): Standards-Compliant Still Image Digitization
What makes an image a "good" image? How can image quality be measured in a standards-compliant, repeatable fashion? Digitization consumes resources, and there only may be a single opportunity to convert certain collections; how can we make sure that it is done in accordance with the relevant guidelines and that the digital assets created will endure over the long term? This series of five webinars will examine the Federal Agency Digitization Guidelines Initiative (FADGI) as it applies to still imaging for cultural heritage institutions. After an overview of FADGI, we will spend time reviewing each of its core metrics in detail, and share hands-on and practical applications of these metrics in real digitization projects.
This webinar series is most suitable for attendees with medium to advanced photographic knowledge, preferably those who have already been through several digitization projects. Previous hands-on experience with digital cameras / scanners and software such as Adobe Photoshop and Capture One Pro will be very helpful.
The Webinar Series begins with Don Williams giving an overview of the FADGI guidelines, their purpose, and his work with the Still Image Working Group, and Jim Studnicki discussing the high-level implications of applying FADGI to cultural heritage digitization projects. Concepts including the FADGI metrics and Star Tiers are introduced, as are the targets and software used to measure technical image quality.
Don Williams, President, Image Science Associates
Don Williams has worked as a research imaging scientist at Eastman Kodak in digital imaging since its infancy over 35 years ago. His efforts in the field have concentrated on metrology, image fidelity, quality control, and imaging performance standardization issues especially as they relate to practical workflow adoption. He sits on international standards committees and is fully immersed and involved in the digital image archiving community, frequently contributing to the Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative and sits on the Still Image Working Group advisory board. Don has a Bachelor's and a Master’s degree in Imaging Science from Rochester Institute of Technology.
Jim Studnicki, President, Creekside Digital
Jim Studnicki is the founder and President of Creekside Digital. Since its founding in 2006, Creekside Digital has focused on providing top-quality, standards-compliant digitization of microfilm, books, newspapers, photographs, artwork, and objects using the most advanced technology available, as well as the development of related software applications for cultural heritage institutions. For the past six years, Creekside Digital has been one of the primary vendors LYRASIS has engaged to provide still imaging services for the LYRASIS Digitization Collaborative. Prior to founding Creekside Digital, Jim worked in the enterprise software industry for over a decade in various capacities—as a developer, implementation consultant, and finally in a technical presales role. He is an open source and open access advocate and holds an M.S. in Information Systems from the University of South Florida in Tampa.