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digitized aerial images workflow

Question asked by sjanzen72 on Feb 24, 2015
Latest reply on Apr 1, 2015 by hlzhang525

Previously I have received assistance with determining a workflow for digitized maps and I was wondering if someone has come up with some best practices for digitized historical aerial imagery?


For now, our workflow goes something like this:


  1. scan contact prints at 600 dpi, TIFF, no compression, no enhancements applied (~4000 air photos)(Epson Expression 10000 XL)
  2. crop and tweak as necessary (brightness, contrast, levels, sharpen) maintaining the original scan for archival purposes (Adobe Photoshop)
  3. "photomerge" multiple images together to create 'chunks' or "mosaics" of imagery (using Adobe Photoshop)
  4. georeference the 'mosaics' in ArcGIS 10.2.2 using spline transformation and cubic convolution
  5. create a mosaic dataset of the georeferenced imagery
  6. serve up a modified copy of the footprints to AGOL to provide users with an index and links to download the mosaics from our FTP site.


Here is the index so far:

Samples of the mosaics may be accessed here:


I potentially have access to ArcServer with Image Extension but wonder about alternate options unless nothing is as good as using Server?


Comments? Suggestions?