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Bilder för alla? : En studie i hur ABM-institutioner digitaliserar sina äldre fotografiska samlingar

Eringsmark, Ann-Louise LU (2014) ABMM34 20141
Division of ALM
Abstract
The purpose of my thesis is to study how different cultural heritage institutions digitize their historical picture collections. Many of these collections contain thousands or even hundreds of thousands of photos and it can be a great strain on any institution´s resources to digitize them. I wanted to see if they use any kind of standard and if not - would a national standard be a help or a hindrance? Also I wondered what principles were behind the selection of photos chosen for digitizing and for what users it was done.

I interviewed informants from a library, a museum and an archive about their reasons to digitize their photographic collections. All of them claimed that the main reason for this task was to make the photographs... (More)
The purpose of my thesis is to study how different cultural heritage institutions digitize their historical picture collections. Many of these collections contain thousands or even hundreds of thousands of photos and it can be a great strain on any institution´s resources to digitize them. I wanted to see if they use any kind of standard and if not - would a national standard be a help or a hindrance? Also I wondered what principles were behind the selection of photos chosen for digitizing and for what users it was done.

I interviewed informants from a library, a museum and an archive about their reasons to digitize their photographic collections. All of them claimed that the main reason for this task was to make the photographs available. However, they didn´t seem to have planned for whom they were making the photos available or even have formulated criteria for what photos to include.

Theoretically I leaned on Terry Cook´s essay about how archival science has shifted through four phases or paradigms. We have now entered the fourth paradigm, where archives are digital community archives and the archivist has been transformed to community facilitator. I consider that the meaning of this is that archives ought to be available on the Internet and that the archivist´s role is to help citizens to use the archives and to contribute to them.

After studying the three institutions, I came to the conclusion that even though the photographic collections are now published on the net, they cannot be said to be easily available as they are hard to find for the average user. Furthermore, I found there is a discrepancy between the key words used by the institutions and the users, thereby making the collections even more inaccessible. (Less)
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author
Eringsmark, Ann-Louise LU
supervisor
organization
alternative title
Pictures for all? : A study of how ALM institutions digitize their historical photographic collections
course
ABMM34 20141
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
digitalisering, bildsamlingar, fotografier, standards. Arkivvetenskap, digital cultural heritage, accessibility, digitization, Archival studies, photographic collections, tillgänglighet, kulturarv, standarder
language
Swedish
id
4451566
date added to LUP
2014-06-16 14:31:19
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2014-06-17 16:36:08
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  abstract     = {The purpose of my thesis is to study how different cultural heritage institutions digitize their historical picture collections. Many of these collections contain thousands or even hundreds of thousands of photos and it can be a great strain on any institution´s resources to digitize them. I wanted to see if they use any kind of standard and if not - would a national standard be a help or a hindrance? Also I wondered what principles were behind the selection of photos chosen for digitizing and for what users it was done.

I interviewed informants from a library, a museum and an archive about their reasons to digitize their photographic collections. All of them claimed that the main reason for this task was to make the photographs available. However, they didn´t seem to have planned for whom they were making the photos available or even have formulated criteria for what photos to include.

Theoretically I leaned on Terry Cook´s essay about how archival science has shifted through four phases or paradigms. We have now entered the fourth paradigm, where archives are digital community archives and the archivist has been transformed to community facilitator. I consider that the meaning of this is that archives ought to be available on the Internet and that the archivist´s role is to help citizens to use the archives and to contribute to them.

After studying the three institutions, I came to the conclusion that even though the photographic collections are now published on the net, they cannot be said to be easily available as they are hard to find for the average user. Furthermore, I found there is a discrepancy between the key words used by the institutions and the users, thereby making the collections even more inaccessible.},
  author       = {Eringsmark, Ann-Louise},
  keyword      = {digitalisering,bildsamlingar,fotografier,standards. Arkivvetenskap,digital cultural heritage,accessibility,digitization,Archival studies,photographic collections,tillgänglighet,kulturarv,standarder},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Bilder för alla? : En studie i hur ABM-institutioner digitaliserar sina äldre fotografiska samlingar},
  year         = {2014},
}