As cultural institutions continue to digitize their collections’ objects, millions of images now exist in TIFF, JPEG, and JPEG 2000 color still image formats. Commonly, however, the colors of the original objects are not accurately reproduced when such digital image files are rendered on a computer monitor or on a print . Such renderings are acceptable to a degree based upon user intent, but a direct comparison of the original and the image rendering will show easily visible differences upon closer inspection. The chain from the object itself, to the digital imaging device through color encoding, storage, color decoding, and finally to presentation is good but clearly needs improvement if archival storage of color critical materials is desired. This paper presents an examination of the first step in this chain and provides a more precise indication of what colors may be present i
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