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A Collaborative Building For the Future of the Nation
The National Digital Stewardship Alliance was launched in July 2010 as an initiative of the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program. In creating NDIIPP, Congress charged the Library of Congress with building the capacity for public and private organizations across the United States to save digital content of current and future value to the nation. The NDSA’s initial members were drawn from the existing NDIIPP partnership network.
The work of the NDSA is organized by 5 working groups and lead by an elected Coordinating Committee. The Library of Congress acts as the secretariat of NDSA and provides program support. The NDSA is a collaborative, volunteer organization.
Innovative Work in Digital Preservation Recognized
About a year ago the NDSA Innovation Working group announced a series of awards to recognize innovative work in digital preservation. According to The Signal, blog for the Library of Congress’ Digital Preservation and Stewardship group, there were nearly fifty compelling nominations. Winners were from a diversity of digital preservation community and included students, educators, media professionals, state partners and representatives from both library and archives communities.
Peter Krogh, a commercial photographer in the Washington DC area, was recognized in the NDSA Award’s Individual Category, for his work on The DAM Book, the dpBestflow website and as a special advisor to the Shutha project. These works have each helped raise awareness and make information on digital preservation practices accessible to photographers.
Digitizations of Film & Print Originals Using Digital Camera
Cited for his contributions to the dpBestflow website, Krogh’s work has included best practices for the use of digital cameras to create high quality scans of film or print originals.
Krogh states, “With some special hardware, along with some proper techniques, it's possible to make excellent digitizations of film and print originals using a digital camera. The camera's sensor provides excellent resolution for the scan, even in comparison to dedicated film scanners...”
The dpBestflow website’s section on Camera Section, written by Krogh, outlines the considerations for setting up and operating a camera scanning system and includes;
- Camera scanning basics
- Print scans
- Film scans
- Processing camera scans
- Processing slide scans
- Processing black-and-white negative scans
- Processing color negative scans
- Download resources
A detailed white paper prepared by Krogh, for the Imaging Science and Technology's Archiving 2009 conference, can also be downloaded from the resource section of the site.
Other Trophy Winners...
The other 4 winners of the first set of projects, individuals, and organizations to receive NDSA Innovation Awards included;
- Future Steward: Mat Kelly, Graduate Student at Old Dominion University
- Institution: State Library and State Archives of North Carolina
- Project: AIMS Project (An Inter-Institutional Model for Stewardship)
- Individual: Dr. Anthony Cocciolo, Assistant Professor at the Pratt Institute
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