You could try looking at:
Paul Ayris, Guidelines for digital imaging, at:
Simon Tanner and Joanne Lomax Smith, Digitisation: how much does it really
Technical recommendations for digital imaging projects, at:
There are more sites, but these look likely to be relevant to you.
Before you buy anything, some issues to think about might be:
What is it for, now and in the future? Will uses change? The purpose of the
images determines the type of equipment and the quality of the images.
How are images to be linked to catalogue info?
How much space do I have? A camera to copy architectural plans will be
Who is to have access? You need something easy to use for remote access.
How are the digital data to be preserved long-term? Do you have a budget for
regular migration of the data from one format to the next, for quality
control, for security copies?
By the way, don't ask me about how actually to run such a project; I never
have. I am merely regurgitating what I have learned from the SEPIA project,
whose press release I circulated recently.
Curator of Photographs
Secretary of the Lord Chancellor's Advisory Council on Public Records
Public Record Office
Tel: 020-8876 3444 ext 2351
Fax: 020-8392 5295
> From: windsorarchives[SMTP:[log in to unmask]]
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> Subject: Architectural Plans - digital camera?
> I'm at the 'information gathering stage' as concerns the method of
> digitising architectural plans. The aim is to provide an easily
> retrievable image of each plan to sit alongside the catalogue
> description. Quality is of course important, but not to the degree of
> an exact facsimile. Priority is that we have a digital record of all
> the plans (approx. 500), each one producable as a copy image.
> The question is whether a digital camera is the answer, and what level
> of quality we can expect. Cost of course is a major consideration, and
> whether the project requires a professional photographer? (Quality seems
> to imply yes, but have archivists tried it for themselves?).
> All very vague I know, but any news of projects elsewhere, cost, words
> of warning or advice would be very much appreciated.
> Jude Dicken (Assistant Archivist)
> St George's Chapel Archives and Chapter Library