Don’t know where to start? The Digital Archive Group can assist with the upfront task of assessing the collection, encouraging meetings with internal stakeholders and devising a strategy for organization, preservation and ultimately, digitization and access.
The assessment may include many of the following tasks:
- Collection & Condition survey
- Preservation needs
- User needs
- Descriptive evidence
- Digitization and access
All successful digital archiving projects begin with a discovery process that reaches well below the surface. TDAG image archivists are highly trained to assist our clients with searching every “nook and cranny” to discover high priority assets. No matter whether the assets are stored in boxes, storage units or “grandma’s attic,” we will design a strategy to identify the best content to make up your digital archive. This discovery process often includes connecting with various departments, key stakeholders or other silos of content that may hold assets within a different area, resource or type of storage environment.
TDAG looks for the highest quality image source from which to digitize and create the digital file. All too often quality is sacrificed due to selection of the wrong format to digitize. A photograph may appear to be easier to scan, but a RAW capture of a slide or negative will deliver higher resolution for ultimate flexibility and use.
Music, Entertainment Legacy Preservation Management
TDAG provides a professional, discreet and cost-effective means for the preservation and creation of legacy digital archives for entertainers. Over the years, we have heard countless stories regarding procrastination over organizing, preserving and digitizing legacy archival collections for individuals who have become famous for music, entertainment and sports. All too often, the individual passes away and the collection is broken up by family members or ends up in the basement of a museum or institution, never to see the light of day. We suggest our clients to be proactive. There has never been a better time to make the small investment to preserve your legacy, to insure that the legacy that you have lived is your “single source of truth”.
- Personal and discreet onsite collection assessments
- Collection appraisal
- Preservation of all types of assets
- Digitization of photos, negatives, news clippings, magazines, posters, art and documents
- Clothing, wardrobe and textile digitization and preservation
- Metadata and taxonomy
- Digital archive creation and management
- Temperature controlled / secure storage
A few of our clients include: Oprah Winfrey, Robert F. Kennedy and Olympian – Shaun White. Due to privacy agreements, we can’t mention all of our entertainment practice clients.
Fashion, Fabric and Textiles Preservation
TDAG is a pioneer in the digitization of fashion, fabric and textile libraries. Art directors and creative departments rely on fabric and textile libraries to reference old styles and patterns for new designs. Quite often, these libraries are stored in an off-site remote location. With fully digitized and tagged fabric library, the entire collection is available in a cloud-based DAM.
Our RAW capture digitization systems have the ability to capture and digitize any size, type or style of fabric or textile. We have captured and digitized shirt fabric, wallpaper, sports uniforms, costumes, shoes and a variety of other textiles.
Once digitized, TDAG will organize and create your custom ,cloud-based digital fabric library.
Sports Archives Practice
Typical program includes:
- Organization, preservation and digitization of player files, photos, news clippings and contracts
- Digitization of slides and negatives
- Publications digitization including; programs, scorecards, magazines, yearbooks, media guides
- Digitization of game audio and video
- Photography of ephemera and historical articles including; balls, bats, helmets, uniforms, trophies, awards, etc.
- Digital Asset Management (DAM) hosting
- Digital Curation
Processing + Cataloging
The details of this phase are dependent upon the type of organization and ultimately, the user needs of the collection. If the collection is to remain accessible to an archivist or researchers, the processing and cataloging phase can be lengthy. If the determination is that the collection will largely remain accessible in a digital format, shortcuts can be made with processing and cataloging the collection. TDAG can assist with these decisions.