Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Digitisation Studio Setup

I was asked recently about guidelines for setting up a digitisation suite. I'm a bit rusty on the very latest guidelines for this, so turned to the twitters, where a discussion surround #digstudio quickly happened, mostly co-ordinated by Simon Tanner who is an expert in digitisation and frequently advises institutions on their digitisation processes. Now, we all know the fragility of twitter feeds, so I thought I would post the main points here (indeed, it was Simon who suggested I post it here). The bullet points below were all made by Simon - thank you!
  • The JISC Digital Media - Still Images: Setting up a Workspace for Digitising Images document is a good overview on how to set up a digitisation suite
  • Use standards: comply with the ISO 3664:2000 "Viewing conditions - Graphic technology & photography"
  • Replace fluorescents in the room. CIE Standard Illuminant D65 tubes correspond roughly to mid-day light in Europe
  • LED Lighting is the way to go. They are small, portable, with extremely high control. The top place to get these is here
  • However, you might have price issues! Simon suggest's procuring a standard LED. There is a good guide here:
  • Complying with the ISO 3664:2000 "Viewing conditions - Graphic technology & photography" standard also allows for good colour management
  • The Colour of the workspace should always be NEUTRAL grey - no tones or colours & doesn't screw with camera's white point settings
  • AVOID post-it notes & other colourful things round the working areas - it distracts the eye, and messes with calibration
  • The same goes for clothes - avoid overly colourful clothes & shiny things for the operators.
  • Control light: think about if can exclude daylight/control light (with curtaining for instance) for a stable lighting environment
  • Remember: think lots of space & look after the operator!
  • Simon's paper on the Dead Sea Scrolls includes content on the studio: (PDF)

@fletcherdurant pointed out that the Federal Agencies Digitazation Guidelines Initatives' main set of guidelines gives some (if limited), set-up advice on page 5

@ernestopriego pointed out that the New Opportunities Fund has some guidelines - these were written by ... SimonTanner!

1 comment:

Palaeography on the rocks said...

Not sure if simon made this point, but a colour scale and a scale (? in inches and millimeters) please