Digital Preservation Fundamentals: Text and Image Formats

Date, Location

Tue, 01/10/2012 - 8:00am - 9:00am

About the Event

In the second part of our four-part series on Digital Preservation, this webinar will present and explain:

  • the basic formats and standards used in digital text and digital image collections for libraries, archives, and museums
  • the development of text and image formats
  • the significant technical features that pertain to digital libraries.

Text formats and encodings introduced include ASCII, Unicode/UTF-8, and the family of standards around XML, including HTML, CSS, and EAD. Imaging topics include formats and standards, particularly TIFF, JPEG and JPEG2000, and PDF, as well as issues inherent in color management and compression.

At the end of this one-hour webinar, participants will be able to make informed decisions about text and image digitization projects and revisit their planned or existing project with an eye to making sure they will be useful sustainable into the future.

This presentation is the second in a series of four webinars. The first, “Digital Preservation: Fundamentals,” is available as an archive at:

Presented by the California State Library and the California Preservation Program, future webinars in the series will provide a deeper introduction to file formats used in digital libraries and the core issues in reliably storing digital content for the long-term:

  • Webinar #3: Tuesday, February 7: Storing and Managing Digital Collections
  • Webinar #4: Tuesday, March 20: Audio and Video Formats

This webinar will be of interest to library staff and archivists who are involved in developing digital projects, no special technical background required.

Presented by: Jacob Nadal

Jacob Nadal was appointed as the Preservation Officer for the UCLA Library in 2008. Previously, he served as the Field Service Librarian and Acting Head of Collections Care at The New York Public Library, and as Head of the Craig Preservation Laboratory at Indiana University. He is an active member of the American Library Association and serves on the steering committee for the California Preservation Program. Mr. Nadal has a national presence leading workshops and presentations on all aspects of library and archives preservation. He received his Masters Degree in Library and Information Science in 2001, from Indiana University.       

Cost: Free

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Digital Preservation Fundamentals: Text and Image Formats

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