E-Libraries in 21st Century by A.K. Kaul

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Today, TIFF is the most common file format for storing master versions of digital images. In TIFF, but also in other graphic formats such as GIF, the software used by the scanner automatically creates a number of tags with technical and administrative information which is recorded into the file header, in other words directly into the file itself. The information in the TIFF header is stored in ASCII format and in that sense is platform independent. The practice of recording metadata into the TIFF header is widespread, and the advantages are obvious: it ensures a close connection between the source document, the conversion process and the image file that is the result of the conversion.

Audit trails. version control. and disposition scheduling. The selection of a suitable system reqUires some investigation of commercial software products for budget purposes. Software evaluation may be effectively conducted by a spt:cialized consultant. institution. Apart from the many useful features that many software packages offer. an additional point of budgetary consideration is the license fee. usually an annual commitment to maintenance and updating of the software. 39 The design of a user interface and management of the delivery system Is integral to access.

Has to be surveyed, and if adequate, linked to the image files. It also has to be considered if and how metadata generated in the digital conversion process should be accommodated. Today, TIFF is the most common file format for storing master versions of digital images. In TIFF, but also in other graphic formats such as GIF, the software used by the scanner automatically creates a number of tags with technical and administrative information which is recorded into the file header, in other words directly into the file itself.

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