17.317 scanning specifications

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk)
Date: Tue Oct 21 2003 - 03:45:26 EDT

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 17, No. 317.
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       [1] From: { brad brace } <bbrace@eskimo.com> (23)
             Subject: Re: 17.313 scanning specifications?

       [2] From: James Cummings <james.cummings@ota.ahds.ac.uk> (10)
             Subject: RE: 17.313 scanning specifications?

       [3] From: "Kristin Solias" <Kristin.Solias@umb.edu> (15)
             Subject: RE: 17.313 scanning specifications?

             Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2003 08:07:08 +0100
             From: { brad brace } <bbrace@eskimo.com>
             Subject: Re: 17.313 scanning specifications?

    This is a complex question requiring a professional detailed
    investigation into the sources, intentions and future of the
    organization. Utilizing the services of a prepress/imaging
    specialist is highly recommended.

    On Mon, 20 Oct 2003, Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard
    McCarty <willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk>) wrote:

    > I am involved in writing a research grant at the moment. The project
    > involves digitising various photographic images and other artefacts for the
    > development of an archive. Could those with interests in this area be able
    > to let me know:
    > a) minimum scan specifications (resolutions, etc) that you would recommend?
    > b) preferred hardware?
    > While potentially funded this is a project at the 'domestic' end of the
    > computing humanities paradigm and so we are not looking for equipment that
    > will be needed to digitise an existing archive. Primary delivery will be
    > only via computer screen.
    > much thanks
    > Adrian Miles

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             Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2003 08:07:47 +0100
             From: James Cummings <james.cummings@ota.ahds.ac.uk>
             Subject: RE: 17.313 scanning specifications?

    You may be interested in the recommendations by the Visual Arts subject
    centre of the UK's Arts and Humanities Data Service. These contain
    guidelines on the production of digital images via scanning and other
    methods. It probably won't tell you anything you didn't already know, but
    just in case. The various guides for visual arts are available at:


    Hope that helps,

    Dr James Cummings, Oxford Text Archive, James.Cummings@ota.ahds.ac.uk

    --[3]------------------------------------------------------------------ Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2003 08:08:25 +0100 From: "Kristin Solias" <Kristin.Solias@umb.edu> Subject: RE: 17.313 scanning specifications?

    Visual Resources professionals tend to suggest scanning at the highest possible resolution. You can always make lower resolution surrogates from a high-resolution master. For discussions of resolution and hardware, check out the archives of VRA-L (http://listserv.uark.edu/archives/vra-l.html). Postings from Susan Jane Williams on resolution should be particularly helpful.

    Also, in case you're interested, the VRA organization's web site is at http://www.vraweb.org/.


    Kristin Solias Visual Resources Curator Art Dept UMass Boston 617 287 5750 kristin.solias@umb.edu

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