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Digitization Specifications

The Furman Digital Collections Center meets the minimum digitization specifications set by the South Carolina Digital Library.

Media Type Minimum Digitization Specifications
Scanning Specifications
Books / Typed Pages 300 ppi, 24-bit RGB color
Manuscripts / Handwritten documents 600 ppi, 24-bit RGB color

Photographs (black and white)

Photographs (color)

600 ppi, 16-bit grayscale

600 ppi, 24-bit RGB color

Slides (black and white)

Slides (color)

2400 ppi, 16-bit grayscale

2400 ppi, 24-bit RGB color

35mm film negatives (black-and-white)

35mm film negatives (color)

2400 ppi, 16-bit grayscale

2400 ppi, 24-bit RGB color

Master Files

Two-dimensional items are scanned as high resolution lossless TIFF files. Three-dimensional and oversize items are photographed as high resolution RAW files.


Access Files

A lower resolution copy of the master file is made available online for the public. This access file is in JPG, JP2, or PDF format depending on the media type of the original item and the access needs of the user.


File Naming and Organization

File names follow these guidelines:

  • Easily and clearly identifies material
  • All lowercase letters
  • No spaces
  • No special characters except underscores or hyphens

Files are organized logically into folders by project. The project folders are further organized into sub-folders that clearly delineate the master and access files as well as metadata and related support files.



Metadata is descriptive information about the digital item. Common metadata fields include "Title", "Author", "Date", etc. Metadata  describes what you're looking at and provides historical context.

The Digital Collections Center uses Qualified Dublin Core metadata which meets the standards set by the South Carolina Digital Library.

Metadata Documentation

Download the Digital Collection's Center metadata guidelines and metadata template.

Additional Resources

The Digital Collections Center guidelines were based on the following national and regional standards: