Digital Imaging & Processing:
    -Image processing
    -Digital photography

Storage Media

Digital Libraries

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New Media:
   - VRML
   -Laser Digitization


Noteworthy Projects
    Preservation Format

Electronic Media Resources on the Web

Discussion groups, publications and special projects

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Digital imaging & processing:

IMAGELIB Mailing list
Geared toward people involved with libraries of images, much of the material involves digital imaging and related topics.

The Clearinghouse's intended audience was librarians and archivists who were either planning or developing databases containing digitized images from their collections. Since its inception, however, the Clearinghouse's scope and purpose has been expanded to gather technical and descriptive information about imaging projects as information resources, regardless of where these projects are being developed.

IMAGE-L Mailing list
Image processing, video compression for multimedia applications, image processing applications, object isolation, linear predictive systems, motion detection, motion video compression.

Introduction to Imaging: Issues in Constructing an Image Database   by Howard Besser and Jennifer Trant.

Introduction to Imaging is designed to help curators, librarians, collection managers, administrators, scholars, and students understand the basic technology and processes involved in creating an image database depicting works typically found in museums. It also identifies the issues that arise in this process and outlines the points at which choices must be made. Areas of particular concern include the integration of an image database with other information resources and museum activities, and the interchange of visual information among computerized systems.

PADI (Preserving Access to Digital Information).
News and info on current projects involving digital information. Including electronic mail, compact discs, magnetic media, and electronic records.

Digital imaging & processing:
Related topics

PHOTOSHOP Mailing list: Photoshop

  • Subscribe: with no subject and place this in the body: SUB PHOTOSHP [your name] - note the missing O in PHOTOSHP.

Usenet news groups:

  • sci.image.processing

Digital imaging & processing:
Digital photography

A Short Course in Digital Photography, A Free On-line Book

Digital Camera Resource Page

Digital Photography & Imaging An online magazine (Photozine is also at this site)

PC-Photo Forum A listing of every digital camera available, with prices and features


PHOTOFORUM Mailing List. Includes electronic imaging among its discussion topics

Usenet news group:


Storage Media

National Media Lab Investigation and assessment of a wide range of storage media.

CoOL Electronic Storage Media page

CoOL Electronic Records page

VidiPax Video Preservation Resources Page Valuable resource guide, especially the links to professional organizations, standards, organizations


DIGVID-L Mailing list:Subscribe: Discussion of digital video, DVI, MPEG, M-JPEG, etc.

Usenet news group


Digital Libraries

Digital Libraries: Mailing List

The DigLibns electronic discussion is for the discussion of issues relating to digital librarianship. Although the discussion is primarily aimed toward librarians and library staff involved in building digital collections or maintaining digital services, anyone is welcome to join the discussion. Those not interested in a practical discussion may wish to join DIGLIB, the Digital Libraries Research Discussion.

DigLibns was a direct outgrowth of the Institute on Digital Library Development

New Media: VRML

Virtual Reality Modeling Language (VRML), already used by art historians to provide new ways of looking at sites and artworks, could have interesting application in conservation.

VRML Consortium

Usenet newsgroup: comp.lang.vrml


New Media: Laser Digitization

Laser digitization is a technique used to scan 3-dimensional objects. A laser is projected onto an object at various points over its surface. The reflected beam is analyzed and recorded. This process is repeated rapidly until the object's entire topography has been mapped.  Could be useful for the documentation and cataloguing of 3-dimensional works of art and artifacts.

An example of cataloging can be found at the University of Texas'
Guide to Human Osteology

Examples of artists using rapid protyping for their work can be found at   This page also makes, passing, but interesting, reference to reproductions of Degas sculptures made by the Conservation Department of the National Museums & Galleries on Merseyside, Liverpool. A similar project is outlined in Non -Invasive Replication of  Rare Art by Walther Fuchs & Heinz Stucki,

For a good overview of the field see Terry Wohlers' site at

Lots of additional information can be found at these vendor sites:


Noteworthy Projects: Universal Preservation Format

UPF in a (big) nutshell

Thom Shepard, UPF Project Coordinator, WGBH

The concept of a universal preservation format was introduced at the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers Conference, October 1996. Sponsored by the WGBH Educational Foundation and funded in part by a grant (97-029) from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission of the National Archives, the Universal Preservation Format initiative may be summed up in the following passage:

a platform-independent Universal Preservation Format, designed specifically for digital technologies, that will ensure the accessibility of a wide area of data types -- especially video formats -- into the indefinite future. WGBH will work with both technology manufacturers and archivists to determine a UPF that meets the needs of both non-commercial and commercial interests. At the end of the two-year grant period, WGBH will submit a Recommended Practice to the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), a standards-creating organization, and the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA).

Our mission, as outlined in the original UPF grant proposal, includes the following key tasks:

  • to analyze the problem of preserving the video digital data contained in electronic records
  • to raise awareness of electronic records preservation
  • to build support for an effective solution
  • to develop a Recommended Practice for a UPF and encourage its adoption as a cross-industry standard
  • to present the concept of a universal preservation format to both archivists and technology manufacturers at professional conferences and working groups, and through articles in professional journals.

Working with representatives from standards organizations, hardware and software companies, museums, academic institutions, archives and libraries, this project will submit the final draft of the Recommended Practice to the Society of Motion Picture and Engineers (SMPTE). It will suggest guidelines for engineers when designing computer applications that involve or interact with digital storage. We expect to make the process of preserving and accessing electronic records more efficient, cost-effective, and simpler.

Technically speaking, the UPF is a proposed file format that utilizes a container or wrapper structure. Its framework incorporates metadata that identifies its contents within a registry of standard data types and serves as the source code for mapping or translating binary composition into accessible or useable forms. The UPF is designed to be independent of the computer applications that created them, independent of the operating system from which these applications originated, and independent of the physical media upon which it is stored. The UPF is characterized as self-described because it includes within its metadata all the technical specifications required to build and rebuild appropriate media browsers to access its contained material throughout time.


About this page

Information on this page was primarily gathered by Walter Henry. 
Paul Messier made some minor additions and formatted it for the web.

Suggestions and comments are welcome

Last updated 7/5/99

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