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CONTENTdm Cookbook: Digitization Specifications

15. Digitization Specifications

This is a mandatory field if applicable. Every record of a digitized item must include digitization specifications; it does not apply to born-digital materials.

sample of elements that show on each field page
Repeatable Yes
Field Name Digitization Specifications
DC Mapping None
Search No
Hide Yes
Vocabulary No
Definition Use the Digitization Specifications element to record technical information about the digitization of the resource: the hardware, software, and processes used to create the digitized resource.

A free-text field that may include:

  • Size of master file (in bytes)
  • Bit depth, resolution, or other indicators of quality of digitization as applicable
  • Electronic format or compression scheme
  • Pixel dimensions, pagination, spatial resolution, play time, or other measurements of the physical or temporal extent of the digital object
  • Creation hardware, including manufacturer and model name/number
  • Creation software, including name and version
  • Preferred presentation device, application, medium, or environment
  • Name of scanning technician or vendor
  • Operating system used on the computer with which the digital object was created
  • Checksum value
  • Link (URL) to set of steps describing the creation process.
Examples Scanned using Epson Expression 1680, as a 600 ppi TIFF image in 24-bit RGB color. File size: 648,893 bytes. Resized to 600 pixels in the longest dimension, converted to 8-bit grayscale, and compressed into JPEG format using Photoshop CS5 and its JPEG quality measurement 3.
Template Yes. Use the Template Creator to input the data once for all records. (File size can be inserted into record later.)
Nickname digiti

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