Documenting Cultural Heritage: Strategies and Spaces for Digital Capture
Visual Resources Association Foundation Regional Workshop
March 16, 2018

Hosted by Knowlton School of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and City and Regional Planning, Ohio State University

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

Workshop Description:

Digitization is more than scanners. While the role of a digitization space has historically revolved around slide and flatbed scanners, they do have their limitations. This workshop’s morning agenda will provide the basics of digital capture including types of equipment as well as the important questions that should be asked when planning the present and future directions of your work environment. Scanners, DSLRs, studio lighting, copy stands, specialized imaging devices, and software will all be discussed.

After a lunch break, the afternoon portion will feature emerging technologies and their effect on the capture, disseminations, and storage of cultural materials. There will also be a hands-on session where participants will be able to interact with the various technologies and ask questions.

Takeaways from this workshop will include equipment recommendations, buying guides, and a variety of workflow documents representing different institutions. This will give participants the materials needed to build an efficient digitization space that fulfills your specific needs.

Morning Session: 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Lunch on your own: 12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

Afternoon: 2 p.m.-4:45 p.m. (including coffee break)


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. He has also served as the staff photographer of the Greek-American Excavations at Kenchreai through Harvard University since 2015 which provides a test case for location photography of unique and varied materials.

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.


The workshop fee is $125. To register for the workshop, visit

If you have questions about registration, feel free to contact

Steven Kowalik, VRAF Director,

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

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations for the VRAF Regional Workshop will only be accepted until March 2, 2018. Until this time, registrants will be refunded their full fee minus a $25 service charge. After March 2, cancellations will not be refunded. While every attempt will be made to hold the workshop on March 16, 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.

Local Information

Travel to the Knowlton School

The Knowlton School at The Ohio State University is accessible by car or flight.  The primary airport in Columbus is John Glenn Columbus International Airport (CMH).

By Plane: John Glenn Columbus International Airport (CMH)

By Car: Parking is available directly next to the Knowlton School via the Tuttle Garage. Daily parking rate is $13.00


Only 20-25 minutes from the airport and easily accessible from I-71 and SR-315, The Austin E. Knowlton School is easy to get to.  Click here to find the best way for you to navigate Columbus.

Wifi Information

Visitor Wireless service requires no registration.


The following hotels are within a reasonable distance from OSU. We recommend searching booking sites such as Trivago, Kayak, Expedia,,, and Travelocity for hotels in Columbus.

There are also these bed-and-breakfasts, all within walking distance to campus:

Lunch options near OSU (Registration fee does not include lunch costs.)

Lunch and dinner options beyond campus

Things to do near OSU (and make your visit a long weekend!)

“Documenting Cultural Heritage” Workshop Contacts:

For questions about the Knowlton School at The Ohio State University venue, please contact Chris Strasbaugh, Digital Library Archivist and Curator, Knowlton School,

For questions about registration or the workshop, contact Steven Kowalik, VRAF Director,