Unconference Critique Digitale
Panel 4, Session 2 Zurich
Do., 22.10.21, 10.00 - 10.45
Title: From papyri to photographs. Doing research with images.
“How do you search for images?”
From the chat: “Ideally, I would search them in old books, or at antiquarian’s, even at flea markets (postcards, stamps)… but indeed, due to lack of time and energy, I google: the very job of “iconographist” is gone.”
Uses of images:
“Describe images in detail”
“I use images mostly to give a text an added hint: not a duplication of the written idea but a metaphor to open the meaning (but I realise I got your question wrong).”
“I include images in storytelling”
How do you work with images?
Isabelle Marthot: Uses IIIF in papyri research
“I see IIIF as the future, we should have as many collections as possible available in IIIF”
Project D-Scribes, based in Basel
Annotation of areas with different handwritings
Different categories (tags) can be associated with a region of the image
Prove the attribution to certain scribes with computer algorithms
Display excerpts per writer
A IIIF server and database is included in the research infrastructure
Cooperation with Master students in computer science is recommended
Tool for increasing the legibility of papyri: https://hierax.ch/
Online publications: potential of IIIF: images with metadata and annotations. Re-usablility, especially in scientific publications.
To be developed: methodology how we annotate images
IIIF opens up the possibility of sharing research results. Give access to make your research more understandable.
“just on that point of sharing: this is really transformative for how we do research, potentially moving away from the single-researcher towards working in more collaborative ways”
a more generous way of doing research
avoid reproducing research that other people already have done already
a shift of mindset: opening the research, make it more agile (stay flexible with goals, cooperations)
Art historian perspective: “blown away” by the possibilites of IIIF. Presentation tool - possibilities from museums.
Are these tools (Storiiies etc.) all open source and free? Yes.
Is there a “world catalogue” of IIIF resources?
There are meta-portals like https://biblissima.fr/, but so far there is no portal where you can search all the IIIF resources. But there is a a graph of worldwide IIIF resources: https://graph.global/universes/iiif.
Some IIIF tools:
Inputs from the chat:
“My two favorite IIIF catalogues of ancient manuscripts
IIIF tutorials from ZB-Lab (Zentralbibliothek Zürich): https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLxDekeBVQtVJeRqoTgsif7fJki2X96O-1