The digital conversion and digital archiving of data and information is significant for effective exploitation of information resources. Many digital conversion practices currently are not comprehensive as they fail to recognize some core issues such as information logistics, navigation and concept hyperlinking, digital exchange etc. Hence we suggest the following phases as most important for digital conversion.
Management and manipulation of captured images
Classification and storage of captured files
Metadata and Documentation:
Quality Assurance checks and Validation
Digital Preservation: Retrieval and Display
Digital Storage medium is important
The options now we have are html, pdf, tiff and ps files.
PDF might not last forever, and may give some challenges in the times to come. Currently we do not find problems with the use of pdf for digital conversion.
For images, it is fairly easy to make 600 dpi TIFF files from PDFs using GNU Ghostscript.
International Organization for Standardization (ISO) announced recently that it has formally approved the first of a series of PDF/X standards for digital data exchange, based upon Adobe PDF.
The standard -- titled ISO 15930-1:2001, Graphic Technology -- is based on an earlier standard developed by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accredited Committee for Graphic Arts Standards Technologies
(CGATS). According to NPES, "the standard is revolutionizing the exchange of material between providers and publishers/printers in the graphic arts industry."
For digital conversion issues you can contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org