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Subject: IPI receives grant for digital print preservation project

IPI receives grant for digital print preservation project

From: Douglas W. Nishimura <dwnpph>
Date: Friday, November 30, 2007
IPI Digital Print Project from Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

RIT's Image Permanence Institute Receives Andrew W. Mellon
Foundation Award of $606,000 to Study Digital Print Preservation

    **** Moderator's comments: Above, see also a related grant for
    this project

The Image Permanence Institute at Rochester Institute of Technology
has received a $606,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
for a research and development project to examine the preservation
of digital prints.

Because images produced by new digital print technologies are
entering the collections of local, state and national institutions
at an increasing rate, the Image Permanence Institute's goal is to
help conservators, curators, archivists and librarians understand
and better care for them.

The Mellon funds will make possible an in-depth investigation of the
stability of digitally printed materials when they are exposed to
light, air-borne pollutants, heat and humidity.

"This project is designed to provide the library and archive
communities as well as individual scholars with previously unknown
and unattainable information regarding the permanence and care of
prints created using modern digital output technologies," says James
Reilly, director of RIT's Image Permanence Institute. "We are
confident the project will help institutions make good choices in
the care of such materials."

Project results will be published on a unique Web site, The DP3
Project: Digital Print Preservation Portal. The site will contain
information and tools to aid in the identification of digital prints
and in understanding their chemical and physical nature; it will
offer scientifically sound recommendations for storage, display and
handling; and it will guide users in assessing the risk of damage to
these materials in the event of flood so that they might revise
their institutional disaster response plans.

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Received on Friday, 30 November, 2007

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