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Saturday, May 31 • 10:00am - 10:30am
(Photographic Materials Session) Key Components of the Recent Major Revision of ISO 18902 Imaging Materials — Processed Imaging Materials — Albums, Framing and Storage Materials

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ISO 18902:2013 Imaging materials — Processed imaging materials — Albums, framing and storage materials is a recent and major update to ISO’s specification for selecting non-reacting enclosures for hardcopy image collections. Due to the many revisions of the document over the last five decades, the standard had become difficult to understand as well as implement. Rotating committee memberships and evolving imaging technologies over time has led to deviations in the standard’s original purpose, audience, and scope. Past revisions have been iterative with provisions being inserted, modified, or removed often without full consideration to the overall usability of the document by all stakeholders. The results have been specifications that are sometimes redundant (e.g. KAPPA Number and alpha-cellulose content), unclear (e.g. no upper limit for buffer concentration in papers), or required tests without clearly defined pass/fail limits (e.g. no minimum tear resistance value). Additionally, supplemental questions such as the applicability of the standard’s provisions to digital hardcopy or if recycled papers are safe (either pre- or post-consumer) needed to be addressed. Finally, ISO specifications usually detail a specific protocol for reporting; however, the previous ISO enclosures’ standards have not. Material suppliers were therefore allowed to present information as they saw fit making comparisons between products often difficult. A two year project within the ISO committee on Physical Properties and Permanence of Imaging Materials led to the most recent version with significant improvements that address all of these problems. It is hoped that these improvements will encourage greater usage by both the producers of storage and display materials as well as end users. This can only benefit all parties involved. The purpose of this talk will be to review the changes and discuss the ways these may impact how institutions select and use their enclosures.

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Daniel Burge

Senior Research Scientist, Rochester Institute of Technology
Daniel M. Burge, Senior Research Scientist, has been a full-time member of the Image Permanence Institute (IPI) staff for the last 25 years. He received his B.S. degree in Imaging and Photographic Technology from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1991. He managed IPI's enclosure... Read More →

Saturday May 31, 2014 10:00am - 10:30am PDT
Grand Ballroom C