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When Pixel Pushing Comes to Pixel Shoving: Workflow and data management implications for imaging system upgrades involving large increases in resolution


Christopher Ciccone | North Carolina Museum of Art

Christopher will be presenting on workflow and data management implications for cultural heritage imaging of significant sensor size upgrades based on my experience of upgrading to a 150MP medium format back from a hybrid 40MP MF/36MP DSLR operation. Covered topics will include: Workflow, storage and backup issues; versioning and derivative creation; criteria for imaging which objects with which system (or does everything need 150 megapixels?); how much resolution is enough; hardware implications for computational imaging techniques with large sensor image files.

Examples will be taken from my experience at a mid-sized museum with a relatively small but widely varied collection and may not be directly applicable to high-volume digitization operations, though I hope that the underlying principles and issues will be relevant to anyone practicing imaging in the cultural heritage space.

Aerial Film Digitization Experience with the DT Atom & Reel Film Top

Jennifer Sullivan | USC Digital Library

Tye Pemberton | USC Digital Library

This talk will discuss the peculiarities of digitizing 230mm (9”x9”) aerial film reels using the DT ATOM system in conjunction with its DT Reel Top. Topics covered will include: capture parameters, workflow, common issues and creative solutions, film condition, and learning curve.

Buzzing About Mass Digitization: A Case Study with the National Museum of Natural History’s Department of Entomology and Pixel Acuity

Jessica Bird | Smithsonian Institution

Hannah Storch | Pixel Acuity

Too often important information about natural history collections is unavailable due to inaccessibility. For 3-D scientific collections, mass digitization can provide a valuable tool for research and data retrieval. In 2014, Pixel Acuity partnered with the Department of Entomology at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and the Smithsonian Digitization Program Office to safely and efficiently digitize the Museum’s bumblebee specimens.

After the initial pilot project, the digitization team worked together to create comprehensive physical, imaging, and digital workflows so that the specimens and information could be captured quickly and accurately.

During the second phase in 2019, they were able to digitize over 30,000 3-D bumblebee and carpenter bee specimens in just under 8 weeks! Due to this effort, the entire bumblebee and carpenter bee collections are available online. Over 74,000 of these images will be a part of Smithsonian’s open access initiative where they are available for immediate use. As a result of mass digitization and accessibility initiatives such as these, specimen and label information from natural history collections can be preserved and accessible for years to come.

Our National Park’s & the Digitization of Documentation Photography

Jarob Ortiz | National Park Service

Jarob will discuss the National Park Service’s transition from traditional large format photography to born digital capture. He will highlight some of the new technology being implemented during the Park Service’s testing phase and the pros and cons of each format as they pertain to NPS’s photographic documentation workflow. Jarob will also talk about his thoughts on some of the new capabilities of modern digital systems and how they may completely change our country’s approach to documentation photography.

The perils of dirty targets and outdated measurements – how to keep targets clean, and when to re-measure them, and when to throw them out.

David Wyble | Avian Rochester

Imagine a ruler that grew or shrank in length over time. Such is the challenge of using color targets in real-world digitization; even carefully-used targets become dirty over time, leading its color values to diverge from its most measurement.

We will discuss best practices for how to keep your target in good condition, how to clean it, and how to know when it’s time to re-measure and when to throw it away.

What I Did on My Forced C19 Sabbatical: Better Targets, Software, and Thinking

Don Williams | Image Science Associates

Indeed, go to work we did at ISA over the last year. Slowing down and focusing on missed details and product improvements has been a silver lining for ISA’s Cultural Heritage imaging products and services that Digital Transitions supports. This talk will briefly describe several product improvements as well as new thinking on popular topics like color profiling, color measurements, Golden Thread targets and software, and let’s not forget lessons learned in FADGI guideline practices.

Ease of use and interpretation of image quality analysis results have been the main focus of the new Golden Thread NXT software. This software version now supports the new FADGI 19264 compliant target and provides onboard colour profiling and autonomous colour reference data deployment for all targets.

New thinking on teaching-to-the-test ΔE measurements and colour measurement instrumentation will also be offered to stir your imagination. Experiences, both good and bad, with the FADGI guidelines are on the table, especially their adaptation to digitizing Federal Records (NARA’s M-19-21) with high speed sheet fed scanners. Any guesses on pages/minute at 3-star.

Finally, Golden Touch image quality remediation software has added ICC color profiling for improved colour encoding performance.

History Factory: Corporate Heritage

Tim Schantz | History Factory

Chris Juhasz | History Factory

Jessica Koenig | History Factory


DT and Pixel Acuity New Products and R+D Preview

Doug Peterson | Digital Transitions

It’s cliche at this point to say that 2020 has accelerated previous trends, but at DT and Pixel Acuity, this could not be more true. We were already investing in custom coding for workflow improvements, artificial intelligence for enriching collections, and higher image quality in our capture systems, but the Remote Renaissance spurred by COVID-19 has pushed us to move even faster on those projects. During this presentation we’ll discuss three such projects.

First, a new next-generation OCR engine that better handles handwritten materials, faded historical documents, and poor condition materials. Second, an online platform for remote QC of OCR, which allows CH personnel working from home to remotely contribute to the correction and approval process. And third, Pixel Flow 2.0, that our Pixel Acuity team is using to streamline post processing – vital as we’ve ramped digitization services more than 300% over the past year.



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