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The digitization of the heritage image library

In 2008 the Région began the process of digitizing the heritage image library and issued a call for tenders. This first contract finished in August 2010. This initial phase involved the digitization of part of the analogue photographic collection, mostly relating to the département of Tarn-et-Garonne. The remaining prints will be digitized in 2012 during the second phase of digitization.

February 29, 2012
By: Christelle Parvillé

The first phase of digitization

After extensive preparatory work, the digitization of the heritage image library began in January 2009 with the sending of an initial batch of photographs to Jouve, the successful bidder for the digitization contract. This batch of tests included a sample of all the formats currently contained in the heritage image library (format X (6 x 7 cm), V (10 x 12 cm) and Z (24 x 36 mm), in colour and black and white. 11,000 prints have already been digitized. The département du Tarn-et-Garonne was the area most extensively studied by the heritage inventory department and therefore boasts the largest number of prints. It was the 'pilot' département, the first to have its collection of prints digitized.

The second phase of digitization

At this moment in time, there are approximately 24,000 more prints waiting to be digitized.

These images will be digitized in a second phase of digitization scheduled for 2012.

Once these prints have been digitized, all images contained in the heritage image library will be in digital format and therefore available to all.

Conserving the prints

However, the prints are not destroyed, but kept in a specific temperature controlled storage area where relative humidity is maintained at a constant level. Each print is placed in an acid-free envelope which in turn is placed in a drawer that is classed by year and département.

A plan that's part and parcel of a wider drive to digitize heritage-related data

This programme of digitization will help improve the way prints are stored, as well as making it easier to ensure they are seen by a wider audience. The programme is part of a wider drive to digitize heritage-related data in the Midi-Pyrénées.

 

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