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What is FADGI?

As government agencies transition to an increasingly paperless environment, the federal government is tasked to ensure that all preserved files are held to a uniform standard. Thus, the Federal Agencies Digital Guidelines Initiative (FADGI) was born. FADGI is a common set of technical guidelines, methods, and practices for the proper archival of digitized and born digital documents.

Why is it important?

Following the U.S. government’s initiative called M-19-21, the federal government has now mandated FADGI compliance for all organizations working with federal agencies. The goal is to stop the flow of analog materials into the National Archives, in favor of electronic records.

Most importantly following FADGI standards for image quality ensure the digital images produced meet a quality standard that is good for long term archival and they are most reliable for data extraction with high data accuracy. While this is mandatory for federal agencies sending records to National archives to follow, now any organization can implement the same standards easily with ibml digitization technology.

Get more details about M-19-21 in our blog here:

Current Challenges

Inferior Image Quality


Slow Scanning Speed

Lack of Proper Infrastructure

How You Can Comply

To properly comply with FADGI, organizations must ensure captured images meet a
minimum of FADGI three-star quality.

How does the FADGI quality rating work? The FADGI evaluation system defines four image quality levels from one star to four stars, with higher star-ratings correlating to higher image quality and the applicability for different uses. Get more details about compliance in our blog here.

Learn everything about FADGI in our free White Paper, “The ibml FADGI Reference Guide”

Why ibml?

ibml offers the only FADGI three-star compliant high-speed scanner on the market, designed with patented hardware and software-based technology – making your FADGI compliance workflows fast 
and easy.

ibml Solution Benefits

Faster Preparation

Accelerated Throughput

Ease of Operation

Reliable Auditin

How ibml Solves FADGI Compliance

Certified High-Speed Hardware

  • High Speeds: 321 -474 pages per minute (PPM)
  • Guaranteed Three-Star Quality at up to 400 dpi reference

Certified High-Speed Software: FADGI Verification Module

  • Streamlined Image Verification
  • Automated Generated Audit Trails

Running at industry-best speeds of up to 474 ppm, the ibml Fusion HD scanner can generate FADGI-certified images with a 3-star rating at 300 dpi reference. Pairing the ibml Fusion HD with our proprietary ibml FADGI Verification Software Module allows you to go one step further by simplifying the verification process to one workflow and offering automated audit trails, saving you time and money.

For additional information on how ibml Fusion HD works:

FADGI Compliance

Frequently Asked Questions

FADGI objectively quantifies quality standards for the document digitization process. It breaks new ground by providing businesses and government agencies with technical guidelines and best practices for achieving high-quality images when scanning and digitally capturing documents for archival information extraction post processing and other information management purposes.

Any digitization process is significantly impacted by two factors: 1. Scanning productivity and 2. Image quality. ibml document scanners generate excellent images while operating at the world’s highest speeds. The ibml FUSION production scanner operates at scanning speeds of 292-730 pages per
minute (PPM) and generates FADGI-certified images with a three-star rating. This is defined as “a very good professional image capable of serving almost all users.”

The FADGI digitization program consists of three elements:

  1. Technical Guidelines and Parameters
  2. Best Practices
  3. Digital Imaging Conformance Evaluation (DICE)

While not every organization is covered by the FADGI requirements, they will soon be.  This is an opportunity for any information management operation to reevaluate the quality of its document imaging processes, The 3-star FADGI standards are comparable to International Organization for Standardization IAO 19264-1 Level B international standards. As such, international organizations can benefit by using them to meet and measure high-quality imaging standards in their operations.

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You can benefit from generating archival-quality images in various ways:

  1. Assurance of high image quality: FADGI is an important new standard for measuring and evaluating image quality which aligns closely with the image analysis procedures of the International Standards Organization (ISO). You can use FADGI guidelines to ensure your images are of archival quality, therefore, enabling high accuracy in information capture from digitized documents.
  2. No need to compromise on document scanning speed: the FADGI guidelines provide you, as an ibml customer, with the peace of mind that they are not compromising image quality for speed. ibml scanners are designed for round-the-clock high-speed operations, providing robust scan outputs across high volumes of documents.
  3. Future-proof digitization: Digitally storing documents is cheaper and potentially more resilient than storing paper documents. Digitizing documents offers the possibility of using this information for various applications, such as OCR and data extraction. By creating images that have a three-star FADGI rating, you can be assured you can achieve the full advantage of document digitization.

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