Mission Statement

The mission of the Yale Digital Coffee group is to establish core standards, develop resources, and provide guidance and support for Digital Imaging related technology, projects, and professionals on campus. The Digital Coffee group provides a forum for active learning and sharing about digital technologies, standards and the creative process. These results are achieved through common research, interaction, and dialogue within the imaging related communities of Yale. The Digital Coffee group organizes seminars, presentations, and round table discussions to encourage education and participation while building and maintaining its standards across campus. The primary focus is on issues and topics related to still photography.

Founding Members

John ffrench—Yale University Art Gallery
Chris EdwardsBeinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Melissa FournierYale Center for British Art

Representatives from Campus Institutions

Yale University Art Gallery
Yale Center for British Art
Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library
ITS Photo & Imaging (formally Photography and Design Services/ Media Services)
DMCA (Digital Media Center for the Arts)
Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History
Yale Collection of Musical Instruments


GOAL 1.  [Teaching and learning] Provide a forum for campus units to share and collaborate procedures for digital capture and dissemination.

GOAL 2.  [Documentation] Ensure the preservation of the standards and documentation created by this group for future generations through active management.

GOAL 3.  [Staff and Governance] Work as a team in a collegial, professional, and productive environment.


Meeting Schedule:
Core members meet monthly to discuss progress on projects, create common standards documents, as well as plan for quarterly meetings with presentations or round table discussions.

Planned Projects:
Yale Standards for Digital Imaging guide/handbook
Yale website for sharing standards in documentation
Digital Coffee Sponsored talks:

  • JPG2000Pros and Cons
  • Color Space, Color Profiling
  • Image MetadataYale Minimal Standard
  • Rapid Imaging Workflow
  • Copyright and Rights and Reproductions

Shared Resources:
Use of Images for Self Promotion document (worked on with Yale General Counsel)COMPLETED