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The Digital Ark Develops System to Save Time and Money When Digitizing Collections

August 31, 2011

PROVIDENCE, R.I., Aug. 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — The Digital Ark has developed a new digitization system to meet the demands of quality, speed and accuracy for the archiving and reproduction of large volume collections. This system improves the rapid image capture workflow by automating image processing, ensuring quality control, facilitating client management and streamlining web publishing. Utilizing its extensive experience in digital archiving and database development, The Digital Ark designed a system which substantially reduces the resources required, thereby increasing efficiency and decreasing costs.

Combining hardware and software technologies, The Digital Ark’s solution overcomes the numerous challenges faced when digitizing hundreds of thousands of items, including maintaining collection integrity, capturing metadata, tracking assets, and managing progress. The database can also be used to transcribe documents using remote resources through a web browser. For a 98,326-page manuscript collection circa 1810-1930 for The Mary Baker Eddy Library, The Digital Ark was able to save hundreds of man-hours and expedite client communications. As their archivist, Nicole Lapenta, described, “The online database allowed us to download high-resolution files, verify metadata, and answer questions to prevent delays to the digitizing process.”

The Digital Ark also harnesses the power of this system for smaller collections such as the Anthony Quinn Foundation’s online digital archive containing 4,000 pieces of artwork Mr. Quinn created and collected. Using a tablet or phone like an iPad or iPhone, the curator immediately retrieves the corresponding database record using the QR (Quick Response) code adhered to the artwork. For the National Park Service at Harpers Ferry Center, The Digital Ark is using this system to digitize an exquisite collection of hand-painted in oil, historic photographs by such artists as Fred H. Kiser and to produce fine-art giclee prints for display at the Oregon Caves National Monument.

For more information, visit http://www.TheDigitalArk.com.

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About The Digital Ark

The Digital Ark collaborates with cultural heritage institutions and artists, offering on- and off-site digitization services, customized online digital archives, and e-commerce solutions. By combining state-of-the-art digital image capture technologies with intuitive interface and database design, The Digital Ark creates innovative ways of sharing collections online and generating additional revenue for clients.


Diana Coderre
Vice President

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