Documenting Cultural Heritage: Strategies and Spaces for Digital Capture Workshop

Visual Resources Association Foundation Regional Workshop
November 30, 2018

Hosted by the George Eastman Museum, Rochester, NY

Sponsored by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and the Visual Resources Association Foundation


“Digital capture” encompasses a broad range of technologies and processes. While the role of a digitization space has historically revolved around slide and flatbed scanners, these represent just two of many possible approaches to digital imaging. The first part of this workshop will explore traditional methods for digital capture, including scanners, DSLR cameras, copystands, lighting, and specialized imaging devices for specific uses. Part two of the day will take participants beyond the basics by focusing on emerging technologies and their impact on the capture, dissemination, and storage of cultural materials.  All workshop content will be framed within the important questions you should be asking when planning the present and future directions of your digital capture project or facilities. Participants will also receive significant supplemental material, including recommended equipment, buying guides, and a variety of workflow documents from several institutions. When combined with the presented information, participants will have the tools in place to build an efficient digitization space that is as unique as their specific resources and project needs.


  • 9:45 Arrival (check-in); light refreshments will be on offer
  • 10:10 Introductory Remarks
  • 10:15 Morning Lecture and Discussion
  • 12:00 Lunch on your own
  • 1:30 Afternoon Lecture and Discussion
  • 3:30 Coffee Break
  • 3:45 Afternoon Group Work and demonstrations
  • 4:45  Final Thoughts


As photographer, art historian, and now digital curator, Chris Strasbaugh has always been driven to document and preserve cultural heritage. His work as a Digital Library Archivist and Curator at the Knowlton School of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and City and Regional Planning at The Ohio State University is a perfect mix of his passions in preservation, photography, emerging technology, open access, and metadata management. He works with an archive of unique work, documenting the history of the various programs in the Knowlton School as well as highlighting new work that showcases the students in the programs.

Chris has recently presented on the topic of digitization at the 2+3D Photography – Practice and Prophecies – 2017 conference at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, HASTAC 2017 in Orlando, and the June 2017 Images: Digitization and Preservation of Special Collections in Libraries, Museums, and Archives, NISO Virtual Conference. In addition to conference presentations, he has also produced online learning trainings, taught local workshops, and has actively assisted special collections in designing and streamlining their digitization process.


PLEASE NOTE: On-site registrations will not be accepted for this workshop.

If you have questions about registration, contact Beth Haas, VRAF Director,


Cancellations for the VRAF Regional Workshop will only be accepted until November 16, 2018. Until this time, registrants will be refunded their full fee minus a $25 service charge. After November 16, cancellations will not be refunded. While every attempt will be made to hold the workshop on November 30, 2018, if inclement weather prevents either the instructor or a large number of participants from attending, the workshop will be rescheduled. Refunds of the registration fee will only be issued if you are unable to attend the workshop on the rescheduled date. The VRAF is not responsible for refunding any previously made travel or lodging arrangements.


Workshop Location:

The George Eastman Museum

900 East Ave, Rochester, NY 14607

Directions to the Museum are available here:


On site parking at the Museum is free for all visitors. Participants in the workshop will be arriving before the Museum opens and can use the café entrance nearest to the parking lot (follow signage for the workshop).

Public Transportation:

RTS East Ave routes 57 & 81; University Ave route 48

Air & Train:

The Eastman Museum is less than ten miles from Greater Rochester International Airport (ROC), about 70 miles from Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF), and 170 miles from Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ). The museum is just two miles from the Rochester Amtrak Station, which serves the Empire Service, Lake Shore Limited, and Maple Leaf routes.


The two closest hotels (five minute walk) are:

The Strathallan Rochester

East Avenue Inn and Suites

Lunch options nearby (Please note that the registration fee does not include lunch costs.)

All options are within a 10 minute walk of the museum.

Glen Edith Coffee (coffee and sandwiches)
Scratch Bakeshop (vegan bakery, coffee, tea)
ROAM Cafe (Italian)
The Red Fern (vegan)
Magnolia’s Deli (soup and sandwiches)
Edibles (small plates)
Jines (Greek)
Sinbad’s (Mediterranean)

Wifi Information:

Wi-fi will be provided free of charge for all participants.

Workshop Contacts:

For questions about the George Eastman Museum venue, contact Elizabeth Chiang,

If you have questions about registration, contact Beth Haas, VRAF Director,