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Applications & Impacts 22 Feb
Management & Access 14 March
Program Development 9 May
Underrepresented Voices 30 May


DigiTIPS 2024 Program Details

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2024 Confirmed Speakers and Programs

*As of January 27; talk details and final schedule will be announced at least 2 weeks before each session. Speakers are still being added; those listed are confirmed.

Session 1: Applications and Impacts of International Standards and Guidelines

THURSDAY 22 FEBRUARY 10:00-15:30 New York time

International standards and guidelines provide a framework of best practices for capturing and sharing digital surrogates of cultural heritage collections items. This session will focus on how current guidelines, standards, and best practices are applied and adapted for use in different cultural heritage agencies and institutions. Presenters will share their experience and insights into using standards in real-world settings, including best practices for utilizing guidelines in their organizations, collaboration with colleagues at other institutions, and challenges and barriers to adoption of standards.

Welcome to digiTIPS 2024: Standards, Guidelines, and Our Work, Hana Beckerle, digital imaging specialist, Library of Congress

Abstract: An introduction to this year’s digiTIPS program, followed by a brief look at standards and guidelines, their evolution, and why they’re important in cultural heritage digitization.
Technical Guidelines for Digitizing Cultural Heritage Materials for Finnish Museums, Hannu Häkkinen, intendant, Picture Collections, Archives and Information Services, Finnish Heritage Agency

Abstract: A brief overview of the translation and the localization of FADGI Technical Guidelines and their implementation in the Finnish museum sector. This presentation will include information on national level metadata and file formats guides, adapting the FADGI guidelines for Finnish agencies, and plans for future projects.
When Theory Meets Reality, Maja Atterstig, digital imaging specialist, Royal Danish Library

Abstract: How to determine quality levels, software for analyzing targets, and how targets should be captured may, in theory and when discussing with software producers and authors of guidelines, appear straightforward. However, challenges arise when desired quality levels prove difficult to achieve, when time constraints hinder proper quality assurance, or when it’s hard to understand the issues with your software or equipment. In this session, we will share the experiences we have encountered along the – sometimes challenging – path of developing a program for quality assurance within the digitization department of the Royal Danish Library. The session will, among other things, cover tests for scanners and camera-based digitization equipment, automatic and manual quality control, and documentation of the work.
Accessible Scene Referred Imaging: Live Demo Setting Up a Practical Scene Referred Image Capture Workflow, Chris Heins, imaging specialist, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Abstract: For years at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Imaging department has been implementing an ISO-19264 based scene referred imaging workflow at capture stations throughout many of the conservation and curatorial departments as well as within the Imaging department. Even with most of these imaging stations being operated by “non-photographers,” this effort has resulted in the elevation, to a very high standard, of the quality and color/tonal fidelity in the photography being produced throughout the museum. Utilizing commonly available hardware and software, this session will walk through setting up and testing a scene referred workflow. Documentation in PDF format will be made available.
Peer Review in Cultural Heritage Imaging—A Framework, Dan Zellner, digitization manager, Northwestern University Libraries

Abstract: In the past two decades, the Cultural Heritage Imaging community has undergone remarkable advancements in technology and methodologies. With the growing capacity for users to access and compare diverse collections through innovative technologies, the need for standardized best practices, calibration, and consistency across institutions has become paramount. This presentation delves into the importance of achieving this consistency while allowing flexibility for creativity and innovation where necessary. It emphasizes the significance of peer review and dialogue within our community and introduces the work towards a manual designed to establish a framework for assessment, fostering a crucial conversation for the future of cultural heritage preservation and digitization.
Thoughtfully Crafted Digital Representations of Archival Objects: A Comprehensive Approach, Astrid J. Smith, Rare Book & Special Collections digitization specialist and production coordinator, and Chris Hacker, production coordinator, Stanford University

Abstract: Observing remarkable archival objects often elicits a feeling of wonder and awe. While many aspects of our digitization practices have become well-established, routine, and standardized, that feeling still inspires our work and pushes us to produce equally compelling digital objects. Digitizers can respond to different materials with academic and artistic sensibilities that incorporate subjective observations and probing questions. There is a wealth of crucially important phenomenological information that deserves capture and representation, much of which is minimized or absent with top-down photography at a copy stand, which tends to visually flatten. This talk will describe going beyond routine capture practices and will offer criteria for evaluating when and how to apply this approach to produce thoughtful and comprehensive digital representations.
Moderated Group Discussion with Presenters
Moderated by Hana Beckerle, digital imaging specialist, Library of Congress, and Stacey Evans, imaging specialist and project coordinator, University of Virginia Library

Session 2: Management, Access, and Presentation of Image Files

THURSDAY 14 MARCH 10:00-15:30 New York time

After we capture images of cultural heritage collections, how do we manage the image files, and ensure they’re accessible to the world? This session will feature presentations on digital preservation standards and best practices, and considerations for cultural heritage organizations beyond image capture. Presenters will discuss digital content repositories and file management, metadata standards, online presentation platforms, and more. These and other considerations are all part of a comprehensive cultural heritage digitization program.

Paprika, The New Digital Repository at the Library of Congress, Mark Cooper and Lauren Seroka, senior digital collections specialists, Library of Congress
Abstract: Coming.

Implementing and Sustaining an Integrated Access and Preservation Ecosystem at UH Libraries, Bethany Scott, head of preservation and reformatting, University of Houston Libraries
Abstract: In late 2021, the University of Houston Libraries completed a minimum viable product (MVP) for its local open-source software development project and content migration, launching the Bayou City DAMS (BCDAMS) digital asset management and preservation ecosystem. BCDAMS consists of customized implementations of Hyrax and Avalon for digital access, ArchivesSpace for archival metadata and discovery, and Archivematica for digital preservation – plus the necessary workflows, models, and tools that provide some automation for efficient digitization production and retrieval of linked digital objects across repositories. This presentation provides a brief overview of the open-source repositories and our home-grown tools and workflows, and a discussion of practical tips, best practices, and lessons learned for attendees to incorporate into their own practice.

Session 3: Digitization Program Development and Management

THURSDAY 9 MAY 10:00-15:30 New York time

Managing a cultural heritage digitization program involves more than the technical aspects of digitization. Program leads and practitioners must consider how to best grow, manage, and maintain their digitization programs. Best practices and guidelines can assist program managers in making decisions about quality assurance, scaling operations, resolving challenges, and more. This session includes presentations and case studies about developing, growing, and managing cultural heritage digitization programs at the institutional level and beyond.

How Program Management Advances Projects Around the Globe, Mike Toth, president and CTO, R.B. Toth Associates
Abstract: This talk uses case studies to highlight some high-return, low-effort best practices cultural heritage professionals can use in managing digitization projects. These include projects that have required effective management of technologies and deliverables to meet a range of cultural heritage requirements over the past 25 years. Building on these case studies, participants can better apply project management and planning resources to implement best practices that are most appropriate to staffing, resources, and program complexity: One size does not fit all.

Digitization Program Development and Management at the University of North Texas, Marcia McIntosh, digital production librarian, and Jacob Mangum, project development librarian, University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Libraries Division
Abstract: Launched in 2004, The Portal to Texas History digital library has experienced much change and had several opportunities for growth and development. This presentation will provide an overview of the University of North Texas Digital Libraries Division current standard practices. Centered around collections development, digitization, and preservation, talk attendees will gain insight on the creation, maintenance, and growth of a digital libraries program with a substantial digital footprint.

Session 4: Underrepresented Voices and Special Projects in Cultural Heritage Digitization

THURSDAY 30 MAY 10:00-15:30 New York time

Digitization can bring previously unexplored stories to a wider audience. Our work may provide a platform for populations that are underrepresented in the cultural heritage space to share and connect with their history and heritage. Additionally, some collections require a tailored or nonstandard approach to create digital surrogates. This session will include projects focused on underrepresented groups, as well as digitization projects that use innovative or specialized techniques to achieve success.

Community Curation Program at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Doretha Williams, Smith Fund program manager, CK Ming, media conservation and digitization specialist, and AJ Lawrence, media conservation and digitization assistant, Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of African American History and Culture
Abstract: Coming.

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