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  • 1.
    • Digital Imaging for the NPS Museum Collection Web Catalog PMIS 73179
    • Harpers Ferry Center, Department of Media Assets
  • 2.
    • Purpose of the Project
    • Provide digital images for a variety of park uses
    • Reduce risks to objects
    • Increase public use of the collections by 10%
  • 3.
    • Make objects available to the public
      • Digital images provide information about the objects of our cultural heritage
      • Rethink methods for public interaction with objects
      • Support new uses on the internet
      • Become part of a personal digital agenda
    Desired Results
  • 4. Researched current practices and technologies.
  • 5.
    • Preservation and Archives Professional: Guidelines for…
    • Library Preservation at Harvard: Digital Preservation: Guidance…
    • CDL Guidelines for Digital Images (CDL GDI)
    • GUIDELINES FOR THE CREATION OF DIGITAL COLLECTIONS
    • Recommended best practices for digital image capture of musical scores
    • Digital History/Becoming Digital
    • Inside CDL:CDL Guidelines for Digital Images
    • California Digital Library Digital Image Format Standards
    • Digital Imaging
    • Joint RLG and NPO Conference: Guidelines for Digital Imaging
    • Collaborative Digitization Program
    • RLG Guidelines for Creating a Request for Proposal for Digital…
    • “ NARA Guidelines for Digitizing Archival…
  • 6.  
  • 7. Techniques and standard operating procedures were developed.
  • 8. Staff needs and task assignments were projected and positions filled
  • 9. Infrastructure expansion planned and implemented
  • 10. Camera equipment purchased
  • 11. Object supports gathered
  • 12. Color management systems implemented
  • 13. When in-house testing was complete we were ready to travel
  • 14.
    • Working successfully in the parks requires the planning and cooperation of many people.
        • DIP team members
        • HFC Support staff
        • Regional curatorial staff
        • Park curatorial staff
        • Park administration
        • Park maintenance staff
        • Contractors and vendors providing special equipment or services
  • 15. Working on site requires park support and cooperation
  • 16. DIP Team handles objects safely and sets up the shots
  • 17. Rental of Special Equipment
  • 18. Interior image capture is achieved with a laptop computer tethered to the camera
  • 19. Location set-up for EZ Cube
  • 20. Copy stand set-up allow consistent document photography
  • 21. Table Top Set-Ups require more space
  • 22. Oversized documents are handled in other ways
  • 23. A variety of objects have been photographed for the Digital Imaging Project with many challenges encountered and met
  • 24. Ethnographic Objects
  • 25. Paintings and Reflective Art
  • 26. Icons
  • 27. Wood and Furniture Objects
  • 28.  
  • 29. Side Arms
  • 30. Edged Weapons
  • 31. Metal Objects
  • 32.  
  • 33. Ceramic and Glass Objects
  • 34.  
  • 35. Textile Objects
  • 36. Entomological Specimens
  • 37. Wet Specimens
  • 38. Herbarium Sheets
  • 39. Skeletal Objects
  • 40. Archeological Objects
  • 41.  
  • 42. Geological and Fossil Specimens
  • 43. Paper Documents
  • 44.  
  • 45. Some objects require many detail shots
  • 46. Oversized Objects in Situ
  • 47.
    • Digital Asset Management
    Naming, organizing, formatting, reproducing and archiving images follows established standards on color managed equipment. This process often takes more time than the original digital capture.
  • 48.
    • Benefits To The Park
    • Receive 72 jpeg and 300 tiff digital images captured by professional photographers
      • Park can use images with ANCS+ catalog records
      • Park can use images for in-house or commercial electronic or print publications
      • Park can use the images for insertion on the NPS Web Catalog
      • Park can request to have the images inserted in NPS Focus with Park Service only or public access
  • 49.
    • Collections will be preserved through reduced handling
    • Increase visitation through media generated interest
    • Public will have a greater understanding of the park and its collection
    • More volunteers to the park
    • Receive a greater number of research requests
  • 50. WHAT’S NEXT?
    • Complete staffing plan
    • Continue to enroll parks
    • Complete PMIS template
    • Provide technical assistance to the parks in the fields of digital imaging and equipment selection
  • 51.
            • 16 in SER
            • 11 in NER
            • 14 in NCR
            • 23 in IMR
            • 8 in AR
            • 4 in MWR
    76 Parks have provided DIP with object lists:
  • 52.
      • DIP’s have worked with 21 parks
      • Still have 58 parks to shoot
      • DIP’s have shot 8728 images of 3129 objects