About This Initiative
Started in 2007, this is a collaborative effort by federal agencies to define common guidelines, methods, and practices for digitizing historical content. As part of this, two working groups are studying issues specific to two major areas, Still Image and Audio Visual.
This group is involved in a cooperative effort to develop common digitization guidelines for still image materials.
The goal for this working group is to identify, establish, and disseminate information about standards and practices for the digital reformatting of audio-visual materials.
- Audio Analog-to-Digital Converter Performance
Approved by Working Group | August 20, 2012
This guideline concerns metrics and measurement methods for analog-to-digital converters. Future performance-related documents will discuss the problem of interstitial errors, i.e., accidental loss or transformations of audio samples within the digitizing system before the data stream is written to file.
- Embedding Metadata in Broadcast WAVE Files
Approved by Working Group | April 23, 2012
Version 2 of the guideline for metadata to be embedded in Broadcast WAVE files that reproduce historical and cultural heritage digital sound recordings.
- Minimal Descriptive Embedded Metadata in Digital Still Images
Reviewed and Recommended by Working Group | March 23, 2012
Guidelines created by the EMDaWG (Embedded Metadata Working Group) of the Smithsonian Institution and recommended by the Still Image Working Group. This document defines the minimum proposed descriptive embedded metadata for digital still images.
- Technical Guidelines for the Still Image Digitization of Cultural Heritage Materials
Updated by Working Group | August 24, 2010
Creation of Raster Image Master Files represents shared best practices followed by agencies participating in the Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative (FADGI) Still Image Working Group for digitizing cultural heritage material.
- MXF Application Specification for Moving Image and other Audio-Visual Content
Draft under development
The MXF Application Specification for Archiving and Preservation is a detailed specification for a file "wrapper" intended to serve reformatting programs in which an archive is making a digital-file copy of a videotape or motion picture film, as well as to serve as a container for born-digital content when the native encoded essence is judged suitable for retention for at least the medium term.
News & Events
- Analog-to-Digital Converter Performance Specification and Testing
(PDF, 240 KB) | August 20, 2012
- Recent blogs:
- What IRENE Has to Say About Incremental Development and Digital Preservation (LC, June 2012)
- Audio Visual Working Group Update (LC, May 2012)
- Update on the FADGI Still Image Working Group (LC, April 2012)
- Report Puts the Focus on Independent Film Preservation (LC, February 2012)
- National Archives Digitization Tools Now on GitHub (NARA, October 2011)
The following are provided as resources for the digitization of both audio-visual and still image digital content.
- JPEG 2000 Lossy Compression (PDF, 1.6 MB)
- Digital Imaging Standards
- Evaluating Still Image Digitization and Digitization Equipment (PDF, 2.5 MB)
- “Format Considerations in Audio Visual Preservation Reformatting” (PDF, 528 KB)
Last Updated: 03/26/2013