The Greek experience is not only shaped by the people in one’s new member class, but by those who came before. The men and women whose faces appear on faded composites are integral to the chapter’s history as well as its future. The photos hung on walls and tucked away in closets tell the chapter story, and if lost to flame or to flood, could erode the communal sense of belonging.
HistoryIT’s Digital Composite Package ensures that members will never lose their place in their chapter’s history. Through digital preservation, composites are given a virtual home where members can search tagged photos for their friends, their family and even themselves. These digital archives help members reconnect with their past while engaging with the future.
For an example of a Digital Composite Archive, check out the one for Kappa Kappa Gamma’s Theta Chapter.
Composite Digital Preservation Package
Take the worry out of digital preservation with a customized Digital Composite Preservation Package from HistoryIT:
- Experienced, solution-focused partners: HistoryIT’s digital strategists, historians and software developers will do the heavy lifting to digitally preserve your history.
- On-site photographic preservation: A HistoryIT Digital Imaging Expert will travel to your location to review and shoot preservation images of all of your composites.
- Immediate, global access to composite photos: With HistoryIT’s technology, you can give your members a digital chapter house museum to search and view anytime, anywhere.
- Safe, secure annual hosting plan: The annual plan guarantees that your composites are always available, maintained and backed-up; plus, every year of your annual hosting plan, we’ll add and tag your new composites.
- On-site digital experiences: Custom created digital composite walls offer members and visitors the opportunity to search and view images while visiting chapter houses, giving every member a lifelong sense of belonging.
Digital Preservation vs. Scanning
Digital preservation imaging involves more than simply scanning or photographing an item. It requires applying top standards to the imaging process and thereby producing digital images that will last as technology changes over time. Maintaining the highest digitization standards will mitigate the potential need to re-digitize materials at a future date, should the evolution of web technology render a particular format obsolete. During the digitization process, an archival preservation copy of each digital image is created. This high-resolution TIFF file must meet current digital imaging preservation standards by ensuring that the longest edge of any type of item is 6,000 pixels. These large digital files must be stored in a secure environment that maintains a connection between the file and any related files or catalog information.
Low-resolution versions of those items, referred to as web derivative files, must then be created. In 2020, the most common examples of these are JPGs or PDFs. The purpose of these files is to allow web browsers or computers to load them quickly for easy viewing.
Producing these two levels of files – archival master TIFFs for longterm digital preservation and lower resolution web derivatives for easy viewing – is only the first step of saving our history. If these files are simply stored on a computer, server, or cloud storage, but cannot be located without opening and viewing each individual file, they are doomed to disappear into the digital dumping ground of the future.