Day 2 Getting Organized

Day two focused on the basic tools that allow us to do digital humanities– without losing our data– and called attention to our methods of collating and storing the foundation of any art historical study: images and references.

The discussion highlighted the need to preserve our digital images by paying attention to archival standards. But the biggest secret to proper image management is metadata. By carefully labeling our images we are able then to ensure they remain labeled and create the schema that allows us to use other platforms and interfaces. However, there are (some) tools in case you your image lacks metadata or other identifiers, such as google images and TinEye. I know I’ll be spending the weekend taking care of my “bad data hygiene.”

We all begin our research on the web, often starting with a simple google search. These results can be further fine-tuned by using the advanced search settings or using its specialized sites (google images and google scholar). However, how do we keep track of all our searches and results? While I’ve been using zotero since 2008 at least,  I always forget that it is more than a simple bibliographic tool. It can also take snapshots of webpages, a safeguard against the ephemerality of the internet.

As our research notes and material becomes increasingly digital, organization is imperative. It especially allows us to take advantage of the wealth of online collections without drowning in the material. However, the availability of images and scholarly material online mandates a better understanding of copyright and usage rules. With our tools neatly in order, we can begin to consider engaging with and building digital projects.

photo: Cleaning a book. Painted by Iwasa Matabei. Ink and color on paper. Japan, Edo Period. Freer Gallery of Art, F1969.15

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