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January 21, 2021 | by Kate Stone

International Digitization In Estonia

The DT Heritage team was recently selected for an international digitization project by The National Archive of Estonia, in which we will digitize a collection of approximately 100,000 pieces of film and glass plate transmissive materials. The collection was amassed from several collections and cultural heritage institutions around Estonia and we will be imaging the location at two different sites within the country, producing high-quality, preservation-grade, FADGI 4 star images.

Eric Philcox, Founder of DT Heritage, recently made his way there and we’re logging his travels here! Stay tuned for a final video reel showcasing the trip!

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Traveling For International Digitization

Even during an international pandemic, we were able to make the appropriate arrangements to get our staff and equipment to Estonia – safely, and within guidelines of both the United States and Estonia. All digitization will be executed on-site, and we’ll be able to work on all the post-processing remotely from the cloud at one of our offices in the United States.

January 21, 2021: Eric has arrived safely in Estonia and is taking the appropriate safety precautions before the start of the project.

International Digitization In Estonia
City Center in Estonia, where our team is currently located.

January 26, 2021: Eric toured the National Archives of Estonia which is housed in a former Soviet-era prison.

Famous Estonian film posters inside of the National Archives of Estonia

Prior to digitization, the glass plate negatives for our digitization project with the National Archives of Estonia require care and cleaning.

February 2, 2021: We have set up a DT Atom equipped with a Phase One iXG and begun digitizing film for the National Archives of Estonia.

April 8, 2021: As begin the month of April, our imaging professionals have shot over 63,000 pieces of film and almost 6000 glass plates in Tallinn! We’ve been transported through time with some beautiful portraits from the Photo Museum of Tallinn City, excavations from the Tallinn University Archeological Collection, and even Estonian art exhibits from the Estonian Art Museum!

Film digitized from the National Archives of Estonia
Film digitized from the National Archives of Estonia
Glass plate negative digitization results
Glass plate negatives undergoing instant capture digitization

May 8, 2021: Our International Digitization Project Continues in Tartu, Estonia!

We are off to Tartu, Estonia for the next part of our collection imaging project!
Our team is working in the Noora building at the National Archives of Estonia

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