This site is a collaborative effort by federal agencies formed as a group in 2007 to articulate a common sustainable set of technical guidelines, methods, and practices for digitized and born digital historical, archival and cultural content.
Recognizing that the effort would require specialized expertise, two separate working groups were formed with the possibility that more tightly focused groups might be necessary as the work progressed. The Still Image Working Group concentrates its efforts on image content such as books, manuscripts, maps, and photographic prints and negatives. The Audio-Visual Working Group focuses its work on sound, video, and motion picture film.
While the Working Groups have focused on digitized content, recent projects have broadened the scope to include selected aspects of born digital content. Long known as FADGI, the acronym’s meaning was updated in 2017 from Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative to the Federal Agencies Digital Guidelines Initiative to reflect this growing area of work.
The participating agencies share the belief that common guidelines will enhance the exchange of research results and developments, encourage collaborative practices and projects for digital material among federal agencies and institutions and provide the public with a product of uniform quality. They will also serve to set common benchmarks for service providers and manufacturers.