It has been well documented via previous IS&T papers and oral presentations that the DNG file format holds great promise for cultural heritage imaging. The current challenge is that a technically sound raw file format specification does not necessarily translate into a successful end user experience. The current lack of UI standardization across DNG compatible cameras and editing software is putting DNG-based cultural heritage imaging programs at risk. If the goal is to capture images that we wish to open and exchange 10 to 20 years from now, it would be a good start to better define the tools we utilize today. While the Metamorfoze, FADGI and AIC guidelines have gained momentum for cultural heritage imaging process control, users of DNG workflow are often unable to take full advantage of these objective protocols due to a complete lack of user interface standardization. This paper is an effort to document the current dilemma, and to open up a dialog with the industry to improve the current user experience via user interface standardization.
William Scott Geffert, "The DNG Dilemma: Establishing A Consistent User Interface for Objective Imaging Practices" in Proc. IS&T Archiving 2012, 2012, pp 174 - 178, https://doi.org/10.2352/issn.2168-3204.2012.9.1.art00038