Specular Digital Preservation Forum CANBERRA - November 2018

Posted on August 01, 2018

Specular will host an event in Canberra on November 2nd with members of the Cultural Heritage community, as well as staff from Phase One’s Cultural Heritage division to explore the current state of technology for digital preservation and reproduction. In particular this is an opportunity to discuss whether current camera systems are an efficient and meaningful alternative to legacy scanning equipment such as Creo scanners.

As Creo and other scanners have reached the end of their practical serviceable life, it is imperative that Australian institutions have alternative technology that advances the state of archive and sample reproduction in the future.

Attendees will be strongly encouraged to contribute to discussions around the following topics:

  • Current standards achieved by reproduction cameras
  • Challenges of transparency reproduction
  • Methods for reproducing 3D samples
  • The state of Australian standards for reproduction and international trends
  • The opportunity for greater automation and workflow improvements
  • Considerations for lighting when using high resolution cameras for reproduction

During the forum there will also be a demonstration of the Phase One iXG Camera System as a high speed and high resolution alternative to scanners and multi-shot cameras for flat works, film scanning, and items such as botanical samples.

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet face-to-face with other members of Australia’s Cultural Heritage community, as well as technical staff from Phase One and Specular.

When: Friday 2nd November 2018, 9am - 2.30pm 

Where: QT Hotel Canberra

Who should attend: All team members from cultural heritage institutions are welcome. This is a free event. 

Register now: Please click the link below to be taken to the event page and be sure you complete your registration.

You will receive a confirmation email from Eventbrite after you have successfully registered.

To speak to the Specular Cultural Heritage team please call on 03 9091 2111.

The Phase One iXG Camera System

Custom designed for high volume cultural heritage imaging

The Phase One iXG is a high resolution camera system specifically for digital preservation image capture. It is designed for accuracy, speed, simple operation, and image quality. The system launched last year and is now deployed across a number of Cultural Heritage institutions in Australia achieving excellent workflow and imaging outcomes.

Key features of the iXG Camera System

  • 100 or 50 megapixel CMOS sensors
  • Software integration including one-click autofocus, PPI targeting, auto-cropping and automation
  • Schneider Kreuznach flat-field optics with 72mm and 120mm options
  • PPI Assist Tool allows operator to quickly confirm output will meet target PPI
  • Motor driven precision focussing with lens position recording for repeatability
  • Integration with motorised copy stands for even greater automation
  • Smooth live view for focus and framing preview
  • Continual firmware and software improvements from Phase One

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