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International Workshop

Models for Digital Cost Analysis, an international team of experts discuss digitization costs and comment on analysis tools created by the George Washington University Libraries.


Thursday June 14, 2012

1:00 to 3:00 pm
Estelle and Melvin Gelman Library
George Washington University
Washington, DC, USA

Space is limited. Please RSVP to:

Martha Whittaker
Director of Content Management
IMLS Project Director
George Washington University Libraries


Marco de Niet
Stichting DEN/DEN Foundation
The Hague, Netherlands

Linda Colet
President and Founder
DaoPoint Digital
Oakton, VA USA

Robert Miller
Internet Archive Global Director of Books
San Fransisco, CA

Günter Waibel
Director, Digitization Program Office
Smithsonian Institution
Washington, DC, USA

Karim Boughida
Associate University Librarian for Digital Initiatives and Content Management
George Washington University Libraries
Washington, DC, USA

Others TBA


Leah Prescott
Digital Projects Coordinator
Washington Research Library Consortium
Upper Marlboro, MD, USA



This workshop presents a group of international experts reporting on their research on digitization and digital preservation costs. During the program, the presenters and the attendees will have an opportunity to evaluate recent research by George Washington University Libraries in the area of robotic arm scanning. In 2009, the GWU Libraries received a US Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant, “Cultural Imaginings: the creation of the Arab World in the Western Mind”. This collaboration between GWU’s Gelman Library and Georgetown University's Lauinger Library set out to evaluate automatic book scanning methodology by digitizing approximately 2,000 monographic public domain books from or about the Middle East and North Africa. The project assessed the cost-effectiveness of using automated digitization technologies (a Kirtas Technologies Kabis III) and developed metrics to analyze the cost of digital reformatting for high productivity and high quality images.

The preliminary results of the study were presented at the December 2011 membership meeting of the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI). It is anticipated that the meeting at JCDL will provide GWU Libraries with additional feedback as they continue to develop expertise in the area of cost analysis. Based on the grant findings, they are in the final stages of building a web-based cost calculator tool. GWU is making the tool available to the digitization community to allow other digitization projects to estimate costs by inserting the particulars of their projects into GWU formulas.

Results of the final report will be shared.

This workshop is sponsored by JCDL 2012 with the generous support of the US Institute of Museum and Library Services