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Zeutschel ScanStudio digitizes Polish cultural heritage

The National Digital Archive (NDA) is one of three central archives in Poland. Founded in 2008, digitization of its state archives was one of its main tasks. “We want to preserve valuable archive collections from all over the country in digital form for future generations and make the documents available online to the general public,” this is the role the cultural organization envisages for itself.

Focus is on the Metamorfoze guidelines

Image quality is the decisive factor in this respect. The NDA aims to produce high-quality digital copies of the originals. This makes securing the company’s existence in the long term possible and opens up new perspectives for dealing with the originals. Thanks to the high quality of the images, details can sometimes be seen that are barely perceptible in the originals with the naked eye.

In practical terms, the NDA achieves true-to-original reproductions of the originals through the use of cutting-edge technologies and systems. In order to ramp up its digitization activities, the NDA was looking for a new solution.

According to those responsible for the archive, this should consist of a repro station with a high-resolution digital back and a copyboard table. The image results played a vital role of the decision-making process and needed to conform to the ‘Metamorfoze’ quality guidelines.

One system for all requirements

The Zeutschel ScanStudio also took part in the selection process beside conventional repro camera systems. A unique, new universal solution for digitizing cultural assets, the unit processes a wide range of different materials – from stamps and coins to films and glass negatives, books and large-format originals. System components include a PhaseOne digital back camera, interchangeable lenses, special LED lighting, book cradles and copyboard tables.

The ScanStudio was presented by Zeutschel’s partner Digital-Center, one of Poland’s most acclaimed suppliers of digitizing equipment and digital services.

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