LYRASIS Webinar Series:

The first webinar in the FADGI Series, Intro to FADGI for Still Image Digitization, is now full, and registration is closed. There are a few seats left in the remaining webinars in the series. If you would like to receive a recording of the first webinar in the series, e-mail Russell Palmer at . 

FADGI (Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative):
Standards-Compliant Still Image Digitization

What makes an image a “good” image? How can image quality be measured in a standards-compliant, repeatable fashion?  Digitization consumes resources, and there only may be a single opportunity to convert certain collections; how can we make sure that it is done in accordance with the relevant guidelines and that the digital assets created will endure over the long term?  This series of five webinars will examine the Federal Agency Digitization Guidelines Initiative (FADGI) as it applies to still imaging for cultural heritage institutions.  After an overview of FADGI, we will spend time reviewing each of its core metrics in detail, and share hands-on and practical applications of these metrics in real digitization projects.

This webinar series is most suitable for attendees with medium to advanced photographic knowledge, preferably those who have already been through several digitization projects.  Previous hands-on experience with digital cameras / scanners and software such as Adobe Photoshop and Capture One Pro will be very helpful.

Attendees may register for all sessions, or for the individual session(s) most relevant to their needs.

Note: Recordings will be made available to registered attendees shortly after the live session.  


Don Williams, President, Image Science Associates

Don Williams has worked as a research imaging scientist at Eastman Kodak in digital imaging since its infancy over 35 years ago. His efforts in the field have concentrated on metrology, image fidelity, quality control, and imaging performance standardization issues especially as they relate to practical workflow adoption. He sits on international standards committees and is fully immersed and involved in the digital image archiving community, frequently contributing to the Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative and sits on the Still Image Working Group advisory board. Don has a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Imaging Science from Rochester Institute of Technology.

Jim Studnicki, President, Creekside Digital

Creekside-DigitalJim Studnicki is the founder and President of Creekside Digital. Since its founding in 2006, Creekside Digital has focused on providing top-quality, standards-compliant digitization of microfilm, books, newspapers, photographs, artwork, and objects using the most advanced technology available, as well as the development of related software applications for cultural heritage institutions. For the past six years, Creekside Digital has been one of the primary vendors LYRASIS has engaged to provide still imaging services for the LYRASIS Digitization Collaborative.  Prior to founding Creekside Digital, Jim worked in the enterprise software industry for over a decade in various capacities—as a developer, implementation consultant, and finally in a technical presales role. He is an open source and open access advocate and holds an M.S. in Information Systems from the University of South Florida in Tampa.

Jim Studnicki
Jim Studnicki, President, Creekside Digital



Session 1: Intro to FADGI for Still Image Digitization

Date: May 25, 2:00-3:00 PM EDT

The Webinar Series begins with Don Williams giving an overview of the FADGI guidelines, their purpose, and his work with the Still Image Working Group, and Jim Studnicki discussing the high-level implications of applying FADGI to cultural heritage digitization projects.  Concepts including the FADGI metrics and Star Tiers are introduced, as are the targets and software used to measure technical image quality.

Session 2:  FADGI Metrics, Part 1

Date: June 8, 2:00-3:00 PM EDT

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In Session 2, we begin an in-depth look at all of the FADGI metrics and how they individually affect still image digitization workflows.  Don Williams will examine three of the metrics in detail:

  • Tone Response
  • White Balance
  • Uniformity

Jim Studnicki will discuss selecting (and keeping!) proper camera white balance, as well as using a luminosity mask to achieve a high degree of image uniformity.

Session 3: FADGI Metrics, Part 2

Date: July 14, 2:00-3:00 PM EDT

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Session 3 continues with Don Williams discussing the next trio of FADGI metrics:

  • DeltaE2000
  • Color Channel Misregistration
  • Noise

Jim Studnicki will review best practices on building a custom ICC profile to achieve excellent DeltaE2000 color accuracy.

Session 4: FADGI Metrics, Part 3

Date: July 27, 2:00-3:00 PM EDT

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In Session 4, Don Williams concludes our comprehensive review of the FADGI metrics with a review of:

  • Reproduction Scale Accuracy
  • Sharpening
  • SFR

Jim Studnicki will reveal a few tips and tricks on how to measure and maintain accurate true optical resolution, as well as achieving the sharpest possible focus with your camera.

Session 5: What’s next for FADGI and Still Image Digitization?

Date:  August 31, 2:00-3:00 PM EDT

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Session 5 concludes the Webinar Series with Don Williams giving an overview of the new (2015) FADGI Draft Guidelines, and a look ahead to future metrics.  Jim Studnicki will show an example of using the FADGI metrics while photographing 3D objects, and end the session with some lessons learned while implementing the guidelines on real cultural heritage digitization projects.