FADGI is a Finalist for the Digital Preservation Coalition 20th Anniversary Award

Today’s guest post is from Kate Murray, Tom Rieger and Hana Beckerle, leaders of the FADGI working groups at the Library of Congress.


DPC Finalist Ribbon

DPC Finalist Ribbon

The Federal Agencies Digital Guidelines Initiative (FADGI) is thrilled to announce that it is a finalist for the prestigious Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) 20th Anniversary Award! The DPC 20th Anniversary Award celebrates a continuing, substantial and impactful contribution to the digital preservation community in any form, over the last 20 years. FADGI certainly fits this bill!

What first started in 2007 as an idea to bring together emerging scanning and digitization expertise from US federal agencies has evolved into a global model for knowledge and resource sharing that not only benefits the cultural heritage community but also service providers and manufacturers.

FADGI comprises two working groups – one focused on Still Images (textual content, maps, paintings, and photographic prints and negatives) and the other on Audio Visual content (sound, video and motion picture film). It is supported by The Library of Congress but relies on its 20 member institutions, expert consultants and dedicated colleagues to do its work.

Hana Beckerle, Tom Rieger and Kate Murray from FADGI

Hana Beckerle, Tom Rieger and Kate Murray from FADGI

FADGI’s sustained impact on the digital preservation landscape is significant including free and open access to its well-researched guidelines and support for tools, including open source applications, to implement the guidelines. Its body of work covers the prominent “Star Rating” imaging guidelines, embedded metadata guidelines and tools, file format research and more. Read more about FADGI’s work right here on The Signal.

Winners will be announced at the iPres 2022 International Conference on Digital Preservation in Glasgow Scotland in September.

In conversation: LC Labs staff and Einstein Educator Fellow discuss library data, STEM education, and primary source analysis

The following blog post is a conversation between Eileen J. Manchester of LC Labs and Peter DeCraene, the 2020-2022 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow at the Library of Congress. Eileen and Peter reflect on how messy, yet rewarding, it is to think of library collections as data in a classroom educational setting.

FADGI Publishes Revision to Influential Still Image Digitization Guidelines

Today’s guest post is from Hana Beckerle, a 2021/22 Librarian-in-Residence at the Library of Congress. The Federal Agencies Digital Guidelines Initiative (FADGI) Still Image Working Group is pleased to announce the publication of the 3rd edition of the Technical Guidelines for Digitizing Cultural Heritage Materials. The newly-revised Guidelines are in draft form and are open for […]

New from FADGI: Mapping FFV1 into MXF

Today’s guest post is from Kate Murray, Digital Projects Coordinator in the Digital Collections Management and Services Division at the Library of Congress. The Federal Agencies Digital Guidelines Initiative (FADGI) AudioVisual working group is pleased to announce new resources to support diverse digital preservation workflows using the open source FFV1 video encoding. FADGI, through its […]

What’s new online at the Library of Congress – Memorial Day Weekend 2022

Interested in learning more about what’s new in the Library of Congress’ digital collections? The Signal now shares out semi-regularly about new additions to publicly-available digital collections and we can’t wait to show off all the hard work from our colleagues from across the Library. Read on for a sample of what’s been added recently […]

New Article Explores Preservation and Access to Two Historical Literary Audio Archives

This blog post was co-authored by Camille Salas (Assistant Head, Digital Content Management Section), Kristy Darby (Digital Collections Specialist, Digital Content Management Section), and Marcus Nappier (Digital Collections Specialist, Digital Content Management Section). On October 26, 2020, Catalina Gomez of the Latin American, Caribbean & European Division, Anne Holmes (formerly of the Literary Initiatives Division), […]

Performing Arts in the Coronavirus Web Archive: Part 3

This post was originally written by Melissa Wertheimer, a Music Reference Specialist at the Library of Congress, for In the Muse: Performing Arts Blog. In Part 1 of this series, I walked readers through Coronavirus Web Archive items within the theme of financial relief efforts in the performing arts. Part 2 of this series highlighted collection items related to medical and public health […]

Using Crowdsourced Transcriptions: An Interview with Allison Johnson

By the People volunteers have helped the Library of Congress return over 120,000 transcriptions back to loc.gov, making the Library’s collections more discoverable and accessible for all. To celebrate the impact our virtual volunteers have on the Library and its patrons, we are highlighting some of the ways that scholars, educators, and community members have used […]