Our archives has been offered over 15TB of digital photography, which we are motivated to take. Here are some of the pertinent details:
•The files consistently include two versions of every image:
•A RAW file in Nikon’s proprietary NEF format
•A high-quality JPG, which include some minor editing by the photographers (contrast, color, etc., adjustments). A typical JPG that I was sent as a sample is 8MB.
•The images are of interest for their content, not their artistic merit. These are the event photographs, official portraits, campus shots, etc. that are familiar to any institutional archives. Important elements of our institutional history, but generally not of artistic or scientific interest.
•We anticipate that this is just the first of what will be an ongoing series of accessions; we will probably be adding over a TB per year with the current formats.
•The metadata for these images is very, very scant. They are organized by shoot, and we may have some basic date and event information, but image-level metadata is limited to what was automatically created by the camera. So there will be, for example, a lot of photographs of people at events, but no identification of who the people are.
•Our library is in the process of building a (probably) Hydra-based Fedora repository that will be used to store these and other born-digital materials. We’re thinking this would be a good project to build some of the ingest and preservation functionality around.
Source: Libraries and Information Science.