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Digitization Basic questions. What is digitization? The translation of analogue data into digital data The process of taking a digital image of something.

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1 Digitization Basic questions

2 What is digitization? The translation of analogue data into digital data The process of taking a digital image of something The creation of a digital representation of something

3 Why digitize? ?

4 Phases 1)Initial reflections 2)Preparation phase 3)Metadata creation 4)Actual digitization 5)Postproduction 6)Long-term storage

5 Initial reflections What do I want to digitize? Why do I want to do it? Do I already have the necessary metadata? What safety precautions are necessary? Do I want to digitize myself or hire a company? What will happen with the digital object, once produced?

6 Technical reflections Image format (TIFF, JPEG, JPEG2000,…) Image quality (Resolution, Image compression) Equipment (Scanner vs. Digital Camera) Storage space (webhosting?) Long-term storage Filename (Human vs. Computer readable)

7 Scanner vs. Digital Camera Scanner Variable resolution Lower speed Mainly for flat objects Digital Camera Constant resolution High speed Higher adjustability

8 Metadata for Digitization Why is this important? Every digital object has to be identifiable Most file systems only permit unique names Changes to filenames are difficult to make after digitization

9 Preparation Enough space Constant indirect lighting, no direct sunlight Tables for preparation Enough power outlets

10 Digitization Speed vs. Quality Number of people depending on source material Storage of sources during the night Delivery of new sources Quality control Image postprocessing

11 Source material Flat surface One sheet Possibly folded Possibly packaged Book Possibly very large Possibly difficult to open

12 File naming Human readability “HHStA_AUR_ _r.jpg” Easy to read and share Has to be created by hand Easy to make mistakes Temptation to make changes later on Computer readability „7c7a1400-dd12-11e0.jpg“ Can be created quickly before digitization Has to be copied, not entered by hand Doesn’t mean anything Can stay the same regardless of metadata

13 Postproduction Image editing (cutting, compression,…) Quality control (missing images) Preparation for storage (file organization)


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