Report: phase 2 of our photo research
In 2019, meemoo started investigating how it might be able to organise a mass digitisation process for analogue photographic collections. This research was carried out with regard to demand in the cultural, media and government sectors.
Following the initial field study, we’re now taking a second step: research into the prerequisites and feasibility for digitisation and archiving. This second phase of the research process has already resulted in ten specific proposals. Five of the proposals are specific digitisation projects for different types of around 8.5 million photos in total. The other five proposals are to provide various kinds of support, including for identification, selection, quality control, metadata enrichment and rights documentation. We gathered the insights in a report.
The ten proposals are as follows:
Digital identification tool for photographic materials
Low-resolution digitisation of bulk collections of negatives
Low-resolution digitisation of bulk collections of slides
Facilitate selection via automatic image recognition on contact sheets
High-resolution digitisation for a selection of photographic materials (all types of materials except for albums and glass plates)
High-resolution digitisation of photo albums
High-resolution digitisation of glass plates
Development of an accessible open source tool for digitised image content quality control
Application of automatic description techniques for metadata enrichment of digital image content
Integration of the Public Domain Tool for documenting rights status