4 Mar


Going through the course readings this week, I was struck by déjà vu as I read Michael Simeone’s piece regarding the difficulties of interdisciplinary collaboration in the project he was involved with, Digging into Image Data to Answer Authorship-Related Questions (DID-ARQ).  The part that leapt out at me was where he discussed how it “was crucial for our…team to establish a common means to collect, share, annotate, and examine large amounts of image data.”[1]  This resonated with me, as it recalled a prior internship experience I had at a small archives, in which I had to dig through the accumulated metadata on digital pictures of several years of past interns in order to find all the various spelling, spacing, and capitalization variations that existed and standardize it so that the search function would work effectively.  The process was time-consuming and paranoia-inducing, as I had to constantly check my…

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  1. MDKenny March 4, 2013 at 10:01 pm #

    The example you give of having to reconcile all of the variants of possible search terms in the database of the local repository is echoed nicely in your post by the macro-level challenges you point to — of reconciling not only the sensibilities, requirements and methodological vantage points of historians, digital and otherwise, but also of the various technological, disciplinary (and inter-disciplinary) players whose own requirements and limitations must be taken into consideration and negotiated.

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