2014 marks the 10th anniversary of Artstor as a live service. Throughout the year we will introduce you to the people behind our organization and the roles they play in supporting Artstor’s mission to use digital technology to enhance scholarship, teaching, and learning.
The Production Department is responsible for handling and processing the images that make up the Artstor Digital Library. We collaborate with contributors and other Artstor teams to bring together collections from all over the world and provide the best possible images to our users. Our role can be roughly divided into three parts:
- Evaluating and collaborating
Production evaluates potential collections and then works with contributors to ensure that materials fit technical requirements for the Digital Library. Once an agreement has been reached, we coordinate the shipping logistics. Our contributors usually send digital images, but we also receive analog materials such as slides, which are scanned and digitized.
- Reviewing and troubleshooting
When we receive a collection, the images and data are reviewed to make sure that everything matches. We look at every image, checking for problems, and determining whether additional imaging work is needed. If you’re interested in learning more about the work done by our imaging team, check out our three part series on image correction.
- Putting it all together
Once this processing is complete, we prepare the material for work done by other Artstor teams and continue to track the collections while they’re with the other departments. Before collections are launched in the Digital Library we review the finished material on a staging site. When everything works the way it should, the collection is released in the Artstor Digital Library to be viewed by our users.
– Lily Galib, Production Associate, Image Quality Control
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