CSNTM serves as stewards of the images that it captures, both in terms of preservation and presentation. The utmost care and attention, therefore, is given to accurately representing each manuscript through consistent and excellent images. After the team captures images, CSNTM stores the data in multiple secure locations and provides the manuscript owner with files and metadata for each artifact, safely preserving images for generations to come.


CSNTM aims to present the most accurate rendering of the artifact. Careful quality control measures on-site ensure that the caliber of every image meets “practical perfection.” Then, an initial backup is made. After the digitizing teams return to the office, the images are moved onto the local server, and additional backup processes are conducted. The final steps involve the preparation of images for display on the CSNTM website including tagging of important features and indexing.

CSNTM provides a complete archival copy of images to the library. This copy includes whatever format of images a library requests including RAW, TIFF, and JPEG. In every case, the owner of the manuscripts retains all rights to the images CSNTM produces, and they may use them however they wish. We simply request approval to post them in our manuscript library for viewing.


CSNTM stores the thousands of digital manuscript images on a local server which resides in a climate-controlled server room with fire controls. This server is backed up with a RAID 6 protocol that involves multiple redundancies in order to ensure that the images last for generations to come. One redundancy involves a backup to two separate international locations which further ensures safe preservation. The backup occurs in standard archival formats and in accordance with best practices in order to guard against the obsolescence of the data.