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Från albuminpapper till binär fil : tillgängliggörande av historiska fotografier i den digitala domänen

Mattisson, Anna LU (2017) ABMM34 20171
Division of ALM and Digital Cultures
Abstract
The purpose of this study is to investigate ALM institutions’ strategies for digitizing and making historical photographs available in the digital domain from a user perspective. Historical photographs are an important part of our cultural heritage but photographs are fragile and can offer major challenges to the institutions that shall preserve, organize and make them available. For that reason, many Swedish cultural heritage institutions are now using digitization technology as a means for preserving photographs as well as for making them available in the digital domain.

Digitization is however far more complex than merely capturing the image. The digitization inevitably changes the material and its’ capacity to be informative. It is... (More)
The purpose of this study is to investigate ALM institutions’ strategies for digitizing and making historical photographs available in the digital domain from a user perspective. Historical photographs are an important part of our cultural heritage but photographs are fragile and can offer major challenges to the institutions that shall preserve, organize and make them available. For that reason, many Swedish cultural heritage institutions are now using digitization technology as a means for preserving photographs as well as for making them available in the digital domain.

Digitization is however far more complex than merely capturing the image. The digitization inevitably changes the material and its’ capacity to be informative. It is therefore important that this is taken into consideration through each step of the digitization process.

The study is based on post-modern archival theory where archivists no longer are seen as passive and neutral, but rather as active participants in the process where the cultural heritage is formed. Paul Conway’s framework Modes of Seeing is an important part of the theoretical base for this work. Modes of Seeing is based on studies of how users create meaning from digital photo archives. With Conway’s framework as a starting point I formulated three criteria that I used for analyzing a total of 150 digital reproductions of historic photographs that has been made available by five different ALM institutions. I came to the conclusions that the visual dimensions are in focus for all the institutions whereas fysical characteristics and context, the dimensions that are lost in the digitization process, are not recreated through metadata enrichment or by any other means when the digital reproduktion is made available on the webb. (Less)
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author
Mattisson, Anna LU
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organization
course
ABMM34 20171
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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keywords
ABM, Arkivvetenskap, Fotografi, Fotografier, Digitalisering, Användarbehov
language
Swedish
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8923749
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2017-09-05 13:00:17
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2017-09-05 13:00:17
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  abstract     = {The purpose of this study is to investigate ALM institutions’ strategies for digitizing and making historical photographs available in the digital domain from a user perspective. Historical photographs are an important part of our cultural heritage but photographs are fragile and can offer major challenges to the institutions that shall preserve, organize and make them available. For that reason, many Swedish cultural heritage institutions are now using digitization technology as a means for preserving photographs as well as for making them available in the digital domain.

Digitization is however far more complex than merely capturing the image. The digitization inevitably changes the material and its’ capacity to be informative. It is therefore important that this is taken into consideration through each step of the digitization process.

The study is based on post-modern archival theory where archivists no longer are seen as passive and neutral, but rather as active participants in the process where the cultural heritage is formed. Paul Conway’s framework Modes of Seeing is an important part of the theoretical base for this work. Modes of Seeing is based on studies of how users create meaning from digital photo archives. With Conway’s framework as a starting point I formulated three criteria that I used for analyzing a total of 150 digital reproductions of historic photographs that has been made available by five different ALM institutions. I came to the conclusions that the visual dimensions are in focus for all the institutions whereas fysical characteristics and context, the dimensions that are lost in the digitization process, are not recreated through metadata enrichment or by any other means when the digital reproduktion is made available on the webb.},
  author       = {Mattisson, Anna},
  keyword      = {ABM,Arkivvetenskap,Fotografi,Fotografier,Digitalisering,Användarbehov},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Från albuminpapper till binär fil : tillgängliggörande av historiska fotografier i den digitala domänen},
  year         = {2017},
}