On Thursday 13th October Genus held our inaugural Pixels of Possibility event at the Silverstone Interactive Museum. It was an amazing day, attended by over 30 different organisations – all eager to learn about how to digitise their content and to see some of the new services, equipment and software available from Genus.
Following an introduction to Genus by Managing Director, Paul Negus, Genus General Manager, Chris Elwell gave an overview of our image capture, post processing and image QA workflows. Alexander Sander from Zeutschel then introduced the brand-new OS-A camera system and talked about the very popular QM software tool that many organisations are now using to prove that their scanned images meet the relevant Metarmorfoze, ISO and FADGI standards. The QM tool can measure image quality from any scanner manufacturer using a simple dashboard interface that indicates if the required standard level is achieved or not. If not achieved, the QM tool even explains and points out the exact reason for noncompliance – something as simple as a piece of dust for example. This allows for a simple set up change rather than a complete scanner recalibration. Complicated measurements of Modular Transfer Function, Colour Reproduction, Noise Level, Opto Electronic Conversion function, Homogeneity and Distortion can all be measured in a very simple one step process. At the end each and every one of your images are even updated with a simple digital certificate confirming their compliance with the relevant standard.
Geoff Laycock and Martin Deveraux from Digitisation.io explained their digitisation consultancy services, along with the very latest developments of the Goobi Open-Source digital project management and workflow application that Genus uses to manage all of their digitisation projects. Goobi is a very powerful server-based tool that handles image processing and QA tasks together with file naming and derivative creation processes. It also allows us to manage and supervise projects giving us complete visibility of every aspect of post-capture workflow. In addition, Martin revealed a brand-new 3D object scanning service that digitisation.io and Genus are collaborating on. Andrew Austin, from Genus, talked through the Recollect Community Engagement software platform and demonstrated the site that has been developed for British Racing Motors. The event was rounded off by an intriguing presentation from Richard Everett of the Wellcome Trust, explaining some of the interest projects and digitisation solutions that they have been involved in.
After lunch all attendees enjoyed a tour around the Silverstone Interactive Museum and a friendly competition was held on the racing simulators. The simulators proved very popular, with everyone competing to get the fastest lap around Silverstone. Paul Negus, Chris Elwell and Simon Bloomfield can be seen making valiant, but eventually doomed attempts, to get the lap record!
Thank you to all of the presenters and to all of the attendees for making the effort to come and join us. If any of the above products or solutions are of interest, then please do contact us.