Monday, May 18, 2009

JPEG 2000 survey results

Michael Bennett & David Lowe released two emails this year about a JPEG 2000 survey that they did. The first email said:
First, thanks very much to those who responded this past fall to our survey of digital project staff regarding JPEG 2000 implementation at your institutions. We have made the results available via our institutional repository at:

You may choose to download the survey results as a standalone .xls spreadsheet file or, if you prefer a somewhat smoother viewing experience, download and extract the .html version contained in the zip file at the same URL.

From our abstract:

The survey results reveal several key areas that JPEG 2000's user community will need to have addressed in order to further enhance adoption of the standard, including perspectives from cultural institutions that have adopted it already, as well as insights from institutions that do not currently have it in their workflows. Current users are concerned about limited compatible software capabilities with an eye toward needed enhancements. They realize also that there is much room for improvement in the area of educating and informing the cultural heritage community about the advantages of JPEG 2000. A small set of users, in addition, alerts us to serious problems of cross-codec consistency and they relate file validation issues that would likely be easily resolved given a modicum of collaborative attention toward standardization. Responses from non-users disclose that there are lingering questions surrounding the format and its stability and permanence, stoked largely by a dearth of currently available software functionality, from the point of initial capture and manipulation on through to delivery to online users.
And then (second email) they announced that they had presented their findings at IS&T Archiving 2009 Conference. The final report is available at and the presentation is online at

JPEG 2000 is being adopted by more and more organizations. Surveys and reports like this will help us understand who is using it and why, as well as the issues or concerns that they run into. One day, JPEG 2000 may be the norm. For now, it's still a decision that people must make. I hope more continue to say "yes" to it.

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