Implementing a Quality Assurance Plan for Monitoring Scanner Performance
The digitizing labs at the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration use many different types of digital capture equipment and image processing workflows. Also, we have a wide array of digital projects with external partners, as well as a variety of internal digitization operations. By implementing a target based evaluation process, we plan to ensure a high degree of consistency to the production of raster images from all sources, and to reduce the number of customized workflows that rely upon visual inspection and subjective human evaluation of image quality.
Researchers depend on the archive community to create usable and sustainable products of digital imaging efforts. We believe creating quality digital products that conform to technical guidelines will meet NARA's goals for both preservation and access. By collecting good data, and by providing feedback to vendors and manufacturers about how their products perform, the archival imaging community and the public will benefit from improved equipment design.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: January 1, 2011
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