MMP - Hardware and Software Recommendations
The hub of any scanning station is the computer. Because archival-quality digital files are
very large in size and can be quite taxing on computers, ensure that your computer has
adequate RAM and disk space. Remember that image-processing speed will have a direct
effect on your workflow and your ability to produce scans in a timely fashion. Critical to the
success of any digitization project is a computer with a balance of reliable components,
speed and storage that will increase productivity and overall effectiveness.
Flatbed scanners are recommended for most digitization projects. Most flatbed scanners
can be used for materials in sizes up to approximately 11”x17” (depending on the size of
A slide scanner may be a desired addition if your collection includes large numbers of slides
or 35mm/small format negatives.
Flatbed scanner: minimum resolution 1200 dpi with 32 bit depth
Optional Slide scanner: minimum resolution 2400 dpi with 32 bit depth
Point and Shoot — Consumer-oriented “point and shoot” cameras are generally not suitable
for digitization projects. The file size is generally insufficient; the lens quality is limited, and
there is no studio flash synchronization.
35 mm Digital Single Lens Reflex — for many digitization projects, a 35mm digital single lens
reflex (DSLR) type camera may be the best capture device. The digital DSLR is ideal for
making high-quality images and is a simple, cost effective solution. The advantages of this
type of camera include: high image quality; appropriate image resolution; ease of use;
flexibility in shooting situations; option for tethered shooting; flash synchronization for quick
capture; and modest price range.
Digital Audio Recorder
If you are conducting an oral history project and anticipate mounting either portions of or
entire interviews on the MMP site, the MMP requires using a digital recorder. Your digital
recorder should have sufficient memory, an external microphone, and the ability to record
the interviews as WAV files.
Montana Memory Project
A digital recorder should be able to meet the Digital Audio specifications outlined in the
Guidelines for Media Content.
Digital Video Recorder
Editing Tools for digital recorders:
Secure long-term digital storage is a crucial component of digital preservation as digital
images take up a large amount of space on any computer or network. Always ensure that
MMP digital files are backed up to at least two sources. Storage for your MMP collection’s
master files could include the following: CD-RW drives, DVD-ROM drives, network servers,
and hard drives.
MMP - Metadata Guidelines
Title Element Name Title Dublin Core Definition A name given to the resource. Is Field Required? Required Is Field Repeatable? No How to Use? Title may also be an identifying phrase or name of the object supplied by the contributing institution. Take ...
MMP - Collection Policy
Project Description The Montana Memory Project (MMP) is an online resource for digital collections relating to Montana's cultural heritage. These collections help to document the Montana experience. Access is free and open through the Internet. Many ...
MMP - Oral History - Getting Started
Oral History Getting started Adapted from a Montana Historical Society Research Center document titled, "An Oral History Primer," and subtitled, "Oral History Program Pamphlet #1." The original pamphlet is based on Doing Oral History by Donald ...
MMP - Glossary of Terms
Digital Imaging Vocabulary Bit Depth - Bit depth quantifies how many unique colors are available in an image’s color palette in terms of the number of 0’s and 1’s, or “bits.” See also: Dynamic Range Compression - The reduction of image file size for ...
MMP - Digital Preservation Policy
Purpose: Preservation of existing digital master files makes it possible to ensure digital collections will live on despite changes in technology. Policy: It is the policy of the Montana State Library (MSL) that contributors to the Montana ...