New Scanner Settings for Documents Uploaded into Court CM/ECF System

The Administrative Office of the United States Courts has been working with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) regarding archival preservation and continued use of scanned images in the Judiciary's Case Management/Electronic Case File (CM/ECF) system.

Previously, NARA had recommended a scanning resolution setting of 200 dots per inch (dpi) to produce a high quality document with a file size that did not hamper the length of time it took to scan, load and retrieve the document. This recommendation was adopted by the Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Iowa.

Since that time, NARA has published higher standards for scanning resolution to better support archival preservation. The attached specification sheet outlines the current NARA standards/recommendations.

I would ask that, effective immediately, attorneys practicing within the Northern District of Iowa who file electronically and upload scanned documents into the Court's CM/ECF system, adjust their scanner settings to allow for a minimum of 300 pixels per inch (ppi). We have increased the maximum file size setting on the Court's CM/ECF system by 25% (to 3MB) to allow for higher scanning settings without requiring additional splitting of filed documents.

Thank you for your attention in this matter. Please feel free to call me if you have any questions pertaining to this notification.


Sean F. McAvoy
Clerk of Court

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