Federal Agencies Join Together to Define Digitization Guidelines

The Library of Congress announced last week that it is among a dozen federal agencies launching the Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative to establish a common set of guidelines for digitizing historical materials. This collaborative effort initially formed under the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP).

The Initiative includes two working groups:

  • The Federal Agencies Still Image Digitization Working Group, which will focus its efforts on content such as books, manuscripts, maps, and photographic prints and negatives. Participating agencies include the Library of Congress, the National Agricultural Library, the National Archives and Records Administration, the National Gallery of Art, the National Library of Medicine, the National Technical Information Service, the National Transportation Library, the Smithsonian Institution, the U.S. Geological Survey, and the U.S. Government Printing Office.
  • The Federal Agencies Audio-Visual Working Group, which will address standards and practices for sound, video, and motion picture film. Participating agencies include the Defense Visual Information Directorate of the Department of Defense, the Library of Congress, the National Agricultural Library, the National Archives and Records Administration, the National Library of Medicine, the Smithsonian Institution, the Government Printing Office and the Voice of America.

The Initiative’s newly launched Web site currently includes two documents developed by the Still Image Digitization Working Group that are open for comment until mid-November. The Web site also provides a glossary of digitization terms and concepts, digitization-related news and events, and background information on the Initiative.

[Posted by Emily Feldman]

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