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By definition, Metamorfoze is the Dutch national programme for the preservation of paper heritage. It has been active since 1997, its archiving branch since 2004. Its purpose is giving financial grants to paper heritage conservation projects that fit their criteria. The relevant collections have to be of dutch national significance, originated from 1840-1950 and in a degrading state.

In the digitisation branch, 'Metamorfoze' usually refers to the Metamorfoze Preservation Imaging Guidelines.


The Metamorfoze guidelines are required to be met in order to make the digitization of documents valid. In that sense, due to this binary good/not-good nature, the Metamorfoze guidelines are more demands than guidelines. Whereas the American FADGI have no binary judgement, but only indicate the quality in the sense of four levels.

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Metamorfoze started with guidelines on the digitization of microfilms. For this, several metrics have been set for its evaluation. It has been largely discontinued, but recently a small budget has been opened to keep digitizing and publicizing new material.


There have been several releases of guidelines for image quality, the first one of which was published in 2007, the latest one to date in 2012.

Guidelines 2012 (v1.0)

The most recent version of the guidelines.

Guidelines 2010 (v0.8 testversion)

Preliminary version before release candidate. Introduces three category system (normal, light, extra light) and demands the usage of the UTT and SRC targets. The suggested color-profile changed to ECIRGBv2.

Guidelines 2007 (concept)

First version. Software suggested are IE-Analyzer (color accuracy results) and Imcheck 3.0 (spatial accuracy) software.

External Links

Metamorfoze website

Metamorfoze guidelines.