Digitization Policy-FemMag

Digitization Policy

Due to its overwhelming dependence on images digitization of images is crucial to the Selling Femininity Project. However, transcription is not a priority, because ads have few words and what is written in usually large enough and legible enough to be easily read. Also, the website will have a zoom option allowing users to zoom in on any text on the ad. In this instance transcription would be a waste of money and resources that could better be used elsewhere.

All scans will be 24-bit color unless the ad itself is lacking color, in which case grayscale would be used. Color will be used in order to keep the image as true to the original as possible for researchers.The images will be scanned at 300 DPI. There is no hard to read text or extremely intricate details that would make 600 DPI necessary, but 300 DPI is considered picture quality, which is ideal. Also, because Selling Femininity is more about educational comparison of sources and not the preservation of rare materials, high resolution scans are not necessary and 300 DPI is an acceptable quality for researchers to understand the content.

Ads will be scanned using a flatbed scanner, for ads that are separated from their original magazines or can be scanned without posing a threat to the condition of the magazine. In those cases where the image can not be kept flat enough to safely use a flatbed scanner an overhead scanner will be used. Steps will be taken to assure that the proper lighting for scanning is provided.

All files will be saved as both archival uncompressed TIFF master files and as .JPEG files for web-use and for use as thumbnails. The clearest content for readers is of upmost importance for this project, so images will go through a process of color correction and other adjustments to better web-quality. Adobe Photoshop will be used for all corrections.

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