The goal of this project was to provide digital images of DGS photographs and slides and to create metadata for the digital image holdings of the DGS. Of all the data holdings of the Delaware Geological Survey, digital images (digital photography, scans, slides, etc.) are the most time sensitive for documentation and creation of metadata. The DGS has invested time and personnel over the past several years to scan slides and photographs to get them into a digital format. These images, especially those taken in color are subject to deterioration and color degradation with time. These images record natural hazard events such as stream and coastal flooding, core images, drill site images, documentation of data collection projects such as coring, and significant events in the history of the DGS. It is vital to create metadata for these images while those who the photographs or have institutional memory of the events are still at the DGS or can be contacted.
Most images, whether analog or digital, do not have vital information (metadata) associated with them that