Digital Programs adheres to national and international community-based standards and best practices in all its work, and with our Technical Services department leading the effort, has documented our own best practices for metadata creation. The following list documents our overall operations:



  • Federal Agencies Guidelines Initiative (FADGI) Technical Guidelines for Digitizing Cultural Heritage Materials
  • Equipment:
    • Canon EOS 5D Mark II digital camera with 50mm Zeiss lens
    • Nikon D800 digital camera with 60mm Nikon macro lens
    • Kaiser RB 5590 HF lighting units
    • PhaseOne IQ3 100MP, 100MP digital back
    • Digital Transitions RCam72 reprographic camera
    • Digital Transitions LED 38” lighting system with stands and hoods
    • Digital Transitions film scan kit with lightbox and 120mm lens
  • Software:
    • Adobe Photoshop
    • Adobe Bridge
    • Adobe Lightroom
    • CaptureOne
    • GoldenThread


Digital Asset Management System

Amherst College Digital Collections (ACDC) is a system based on Fedora Repository and Solr that uses a number of additional tools to support application messaging, the web interface, and linked open data. Information Technology maintains a wiki documenting all aspects of the system. We are planning to migrate to Islandora 7 as an alternative to a custom-built Fedora system.