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DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION FOR LIBRARIES

MAKE YOUR PRIZED COLLECTION ACCESSIBLE ANYTIME AND ANYWHERE

As an essential gateway to knowledge, libraries have always served to preserve cultural heritage, enrich education and help shape new ideas. But library collections are at risk of deterioration and the loss of that knowledge forever, and physical access to collections can be limited. The answer to both challenges is digital access, which has now become a practical solution for libraries large and small. 

Digitization lets you preserve your collections, on your shelves and deep in storage, while you provide easy access and searchability to students, researchers, scholars and the general public via the internet, anywhere in the world. And digitization delivers so much more. Ideally suited to the digital and social media age, digital collections also present countless opportunities for enhancing educational programs and boosting visitor engagement with immersive exhibits, interactive displays and other fresh new ideas for programming.

Whether your collection includes rare and fragile books and manuscripts, delicate photographic negatives, works on paper, sculpture, medieval manuscripts and Japanese scrolls – or just a vast number of modern books and newspapers, you require a solution that offers an extraordinary combination of conservation handling, preservation image quality, production speed, and extensive flexibility.

DT Heritage has the solution.

Our worldwide client base of major academic and research libraries knows us as the authority on heritage digitization, with an in-depth understanding of the issues and challenges of working with your collections. DT Heritage offers specialized skills, techniques and workflow experience, combined with advanced digitization technology purpose-built by our hardware division DT Heritage. Together, our team of experts in digitization hardware, software, services and workflow optimization work hand-in-hand to deliver a seamless experience for library imaging projects of every possible scope.

Why Digitization

Chronicle your organization’s history for easy access and use

Today, it’s vital that archives, libraries and institutions not only preserve their cultural assets, but also bring to life compelling stories from the past in ways that resonate today. Make the most of your assets with a useful, well-managed archive created with the highest quality digitization

FUNDRAISING

  • Create new licensing and branding opportunities for the unique items in your collection
  • Cultivate relationships with internal or external stakeholders
  • Bring new life to digital marketing campaigns with ads, social media posts, and other brand-building efforts that you can monetize

STORYTELLING

  • Offer new experiences by combining historical records, artwork and objects of every kind
  • Tell new stories about the artifacts in your collection
  • Digitally display previously inaccessible and underutilized objects from storage and archives
  • Enhance exhibitions and events with immersive experiences

ACCESS

  • Allow journalists, historians, researchers, writers, filmmakers, and marketers to access your collections
  • Use metadata to make every record and artifact fully searchable
  • Create on-line galleries of works to stimulate interest and engagement
  • Preserve your history — handle and digitize the items once, but access and reuse them in perpetuity, with the highest appropriate resolution for all applications
  • Head off the ravages of time through strategic redundancy

THE EXPERTS IN LIBRARY DIGITIZATION

OUR EXPERT SERVICES

DT Heritage helps news organizations, production companies, movie studios, songwriters, publishers, theaters, and other rights holders activate the power of their undigitized heritage by turning physical artifacts into searchable, accessible digital assets at the highest resolution available today. If you want to digitize your physical collection but don’t have the in-house expertise, then you need DT Heritage.

Many companies offer digital imaging services, but no one understands the particular requirements of heritage preservation quite like DT Heritage. Our specialists have decades of combined experience working inside library and museum imaging departments. They’ve blended their unique insiders’ viewpoint with superior technical knowledge to perfect the art and science of heritage digitization.

That’s who will be working for you — on-site and off — from planning through completion.

Some of the things that set DT Heritage apart:

  • Not sure where to start, how long it will take, what equipment you need, or how to pay for it? The DT Heritage team will help plan your project, including technology assessments and developing timelines and budgets, to determine the best solution for your project.
  • Film Scanning: DT Heritage has spent over a decade perfecting film scanning workflows that optimize efficiency, fulfill each client’s unique goals, and conform to the highest image quality standards.
  • Our specialists will design advanced digitization workflows that blend seamlessly with your daily operations. Our proprietary workflow software, DT PixelFlow, uses AI and other techniques to analyze the images and deliver best-in-class OCR, facial recognition, and metadata so that your stakeholders can easily find what they’re looking for when repurposing.
  • Rare books, manuscripts, room-size paintings, maps, deteriorating film, tabletop art, jewelry, even bees — we’ve brought all of that and more from the material world into the digital realm.
  • No need to risk handling, packing, and transporting your fragile, one-of-a-kind items. Wherever your collection is in the world, we’ll bring the team and equipment to you. Get the picture by reading about DT Heritage’s recent trip to Estonia.
  • DT Heritage produces images at up to 14K resolution, the highest image quality on the market and years ahead of the 6K that is just now becoming common. Since you’re making the effort to digitize, we make sure the quality stands the test of time — so that you can repurpose it in multiple ways well into the future.
  • So many of the world’s most demanding and respected organizations have trusted DT Heritage to digitize their prized collections, no matter their age, condition, size, or shape. Get the picture with our case studies.
Complete End-to-end Systems

Industry-leading Imaging Technology

We fully appreciate the importance of blending seamlessly into your institution’s daily operations, and can digitize your artifacts in our own facility, or on your own site if they can’t be moved from their permanent location. Our digitization hardware, and software enabled by artificial intelligence and other advanced technologies, are designed to work together smoothly with carefully optimized workflows.

  • Purpose-built rapid-capture systems create an ultra-high-resolution digital copy of your collection quickly and systematically. The result: minimize cost and radically shorten the time required for capture.
  • DT Heritage’s DT PixelFlow software enables our team to make the most of digital assets by extracting, analyzing, and transcribing text using optical character recognition (OCR) and applying artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities to provide facial, object, and geographic descriptive metadata information.
  • By combining DT Heritage hardware solutions, DT Heritage’s artificial intelligence (AI) processing software, and our team’s expertise, we can digitize anything – even deteriorating film or works on paper, and 3D objects like minerals, fossils, plants and animals – at a level of detail you cannot get anywhere else.

MAKE YOUR ASSETS WORK FOR YOU

PRESERVE AND SHARE YOUR ONE-OF-A-KIND STORIES

There is tremendous value in every one of your heritage assets, and digitization unlocks that value. Reimagine the many ways your staff and stakeholders can use your unique heritage assets to generate vast benefits. You can quickly and easily produce retrospectives focusing on an author or genre, or capitalizing on current events. Create ads, social media campaigns, and other brand-building efforts. License images from your collection of unique art or manuscripts to publishers and advertisers. Inspire a director with the historic information to accurately recreate set designs or costumes for the next big remake or sequel. The list is endless.

Digitization is the key to mining the full value from unique artifacts in libraries, art and natural history museumsmedia and entertainmentsports franchises, and many other fields. The beauty of heritage assets is that they are endlessly reusable and ideally suited to the digital and social media age. By digitizing your library’s collection and adding the assets to your content management system you can turn those precious items into new educational value — while you share access to knowledge, ideas and culture with library users everywhere!

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Celebrating 20 Years of Digitization Excellence - 2003-2023

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