A good number of DLF individuals were involved in these meetings and discussions, and others of you may well have something to add to the issues outlined below. Do send comments to Judy Russell and Ted Priebe at the GPO by August 8th, 2005.
GPO Releases Digitization Specification for Review and Comment
GPO's Digitization Specification 3.0 is being distributed for review and comment. This specification, which is available at http://www.gpoaccess.gov/legacy/FDsys_ccspecs.pdf , will be used to support GPO's plan to convert legacy U.S. government documents into preservation masters that will subsequently be used to creative derivative "access" files that support user requirements.
Version 3.0 is a result of multiple internal reviews and two focused external reviews by federal agencies and universities involved in preservation quality digitization.
The specification reflects proposed standards that were discussed at GPO's Meetings of Experts on Preservation, as well as the Digital Library Federation (DLF) and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) recommended standards.
The specification will continue to evolve as technological advancements and digitization requirements occur in the digital imaging industry.
GPO currently has a digitization pilot tasked with validating the specification. Scanning of the legacy documents cannot begin until design validation testing and beta testing have been completed. (Additional information on the legacy digitization project is available at http://www.gpoaccess.gov/legacy/index.html .)
Comments should be sent to me, [log in to unmask] , AND ALSO to Ted Priebe, [log in to unmask] , not later than Monday, August 8, 2005.
Judith C. Russell ([log in to unmask])
Managing Director, Information Dissemination (Superintendent of Documents)
U.S. Government Printing Office