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David Dwiggins, Information Technology Officer at Historic New England, discussed the evolution of the organization's digitization strategy. As part of its Collections Access Project, the Historic New England has placed images of more than 50,000 items from its collection online since 2010. Although original plans called for outsourcing almost all digitization, investments in equipment and training allowed the organization to produce archival quality, high-resolution images to supply its website, publication programs, and external users. The new direction has made the organization less dependent on grant funding for maintaining digitization activities, and has allowed it to develop internal expertise that reduces costs and increases efficiency. Dwiggins will discuss the challenges and opportunities the organization encountered as it built up its digital imaging capabilities from scratch. This presentation was part of "Digitizing Originals – From Best Practice to Archival Image," a panel discussion at the Visual Resources Association annual conference in Providence, Rhode Island, April 4, 2013. The session discussed best practices for photographing original material and creating archival images. Presenters also provided examples of established workflows for gathering, photographing, cataloging and archiving these materials.

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  • 1. Digitization from the Ground UpVRA 2013, Providence, R.I.David M. Dwiggins, Information Technology Officerddwiggins@historicnewengland.org

2. Historic New Englands mission 3. 5 program areas 4. Collections Access Project 5. CAP grant on digitization 6. Image selection 7. Existing Imagery20,000+ existing digital images of collections identified before digitization even started (!!!) 8. Transparencies 9. Museum Object Prints 10. Glass Plate Transit Negatives 11. Data Cleanup: Boston Transit Collection 12. The case for do it yourself photography 13. In-house publication photography 14. Getting started with object photography 15. We used to do plenty of photography internally 16. But had gotten out of the habit 17. First Harrison Gray Otis House, 1796 18. Technology in historic buildings, part I 19. Technology in historic buildings, part II 20. Equipment 21. Finished setup 22. In-situ digitization for museum objects 23. Still outsourced: Slides 24. Ok, that worked What about oversize materials? 25. Haverhill photo studio 26. Collections Storage in Haverhill 27. Goal: update photo studio for digital 28. Final Haverhill equipment 29. 30. Digital Asset Management - ResourceSpace 31. Workflow 32. Import of embedded metadata 33. DAM/collections management integrationResourceSpaceMinisis 34. Recent/upcoming 35. Digitization from the Ground UpVRA 2013, Providence, R.I.David M. Dwiggins, Information Technology Officerddwiggins@historicnewengland.org