Today’s guest post is from Kate Murray, Tom Rieger and Hana Beckerle, leaders of the FADGI working groups at the Library of Congress.
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.
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.
This is terrific news. I know that veteran participants in FADGI — including the now-retired former coordinators Michael Stelmach (still images) and yours truly (audio-visual) are tickled to hear this news, and pleased to see that the two interagency groups are now in the excellent care of Kate, Tom, and Hana! The only blue note on this occasion is our memory of former coordinator Steve Puglia, who led the FADGI still image group from 2011 until his very premature death in 2013. In his prior role as preservation leader at the US National Archives, Steve also drafted a scanning guideline document that was an important predecessor to the FADGI Technical Guidelines for Digitizing Cultural Heritage Materials (still images), recently updated to keep up with ever-evolving digital technology. Bravo to all!!
Congrats! PREMIS, hosted and maintained at LC, is also one of the three finalists!
Always a treat to see a kind note from the FADGI original Carl Fleischhauer! We stand on the shoulders of giants like Carl, Steve and Michael. And all of the FADGI collaborators past and present. We are so proud of our work together but especially the people supporting the collaboration, cooperation and community building that is the bedrock of FADGI.