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Graphics Atlas

Graphics AtlasGraphics Atlas is an online resource that presents an object-based approach to examining and characterizing the materials and technologies of prints and photographs. The site provides a sophisticated framework of interactive imagery and text to guide print observation and identification and to train the user’s eye. Graphics Atlas encompasses traditional printmaking, photomechanical, photographic and digital print processes with object examples from woodcut to inkjet.

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DP3 Project

DP3 ProjectThe DP3 Project (Digital Print Preservation Portal) is intended to help all types of cultural institutions (museums, libraries, archives, etc.) of all sizes (from local to national) preserve the digitally printed materials in their collections. Research activities funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Institute for Museum and Library Services will educate the preservation field and extend the life of digitally printed materials in collections. Studies have been done on the effects of heat, humidity, pollution, light, flood, handling, and storage and display materials.

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Dew Point Calculator

Dew Point CalculatorThe online version of IPI's original Dew Point Calculator.The primary function of the Dew Point Calculator is to express and visualize the relationship between temperature, relative humidity and dew point. An understanding of how these variables influence each other is essential to managing your storage environments.

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eClimateNotebookeClimateNotebook® is a web resource for storing and analyzing temperature and humidity data. eCNB was created by the Image Permanence Institute to help libraries, archives, and museums monitor their storage environments, by providing a way to organize, interpret, and share temperature and humidity data. eCNB’s powerful analysis tools are designed to assist cultural institutions with the stewardship of their collections. For example, the Preservation Metrics can predict mold outbreaks or the risk of mechanical damage to the materials. eCNB features such as custom graphs and access to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) outdoor data also make the site useful for storing and viewing data from industrial and commercial activities.

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Sustainable Preservation Practices

Sustainable Preservation PracticesSustainable Preservation Practices for Managing Storage Environments, is a two-year Education & Training project that began January 1, 2010. This project will enable collections care staff in cultural institutions to avoid risks to collections while they support sustainability efforts and pursue opportunities for energy cost reduction.

Many cultural institutions maintain tightly controlled, energy-intensive environments for their collections and exhibition spaces. For budgetary reasons and due to concerns about global climate change, these institutions are searching for ways to achieve significant reductions in energy use without compromising the preservation quality of collection environments. A variety of strategies are being tried in the field, perhaps the most common is to take advantage of unoccupied hours during which thermostats can be set back or energy-consuming HVAC equipment turned off. Such actions may adversely affect the preservation quality of collection environments, they may have no effect, or they may even be beneficial.

The Education and Training project will provide instruction and guidance derived from the latest research and field practice in leading US and European museums and libraries to a national audience of collections care and facilities management staff in cultural institutions. Through a series of regional workshops and webinars, IPI staff will provide information and tools that will allow project participants to make informed decisions based on current research, reliable data, and a fact-based understanding of the relationship between environment and material decay.

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