1st Brown Bag DH Workshop: Managing your own Images (2014-03-31)

The original version of this collaborative note is at: http://etherpad.mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de:9001/p/ManagingImages

Notes for DH workshop #1: "Managing your own images"


1. Problems encountered

  • cutting and pasting images into powerpoint slides, downloading them from websites and converting them into various formats
  • Adding text notes to images (for research purposes), and integrating images in research articles, pasting images into powerpoint slides, etc
  • batch renaming of images in a specific order? Or finding and deleting double images?
  • store my images together but also link them to specific projects I am working on
  • quickly draw a tree of lineage. I also hope to show a chart of the cost in ceramic production but the table is too long
  • data visualization? text analysis?

2. Basics about images

  • Introduction to images: slides from Robert Casties (see PDF)
  • Metadata of the images: stored in EXIF (with the file), image database, Excel...etc.

3. Tools to use

  • MPIWG tools
    • DigiLib: not so much for copyright protected materials.
    • A FileMaker database: (see sample database for FileMaker13)
  • Desktop tools
    • Finder, Preview (Mac)
    • iPhoto (Mac)/Aperture
    • LightRoom: can deal with original files (high resolution), image editing, keywords
    • Picasa 
    • Powerpoint
    • FileMaker
    • Litlink http://lit-link.ch/home/
  • More than image management tools
    • DevonThink
    • Scrivener 
  • Making notes with/on images
    • Evernote
    • Zotero
    • Powerpoint
  • Web tools (for publishing and sharing )
    • Flickr: can host high resolution images. Organize by albums and tags. Each image has a permanent URL and license restrictions.
    • Picasa?

4. Discussions on future workshops

  • The form: one discussion meeting + one follow-up hands-on workshop two weeks after the meeting on the same topic
  • Timing? Lunch or not lunch?
  • Possible topics:
    • (Next time!) Creating your own maps with GIS tools
    • Managing your electronic research materials (PDFs, bibliographies, etc.) 
    • text analysis 
    • Making your own e-book
    • Marking up texts for computational analysis (MARKUS and similar tools) 
    • Project sharing session (to understand who at MPIWG are running which digital projects and who possess capability in what technologies) 
    • Building your own relational databases (using China Biographical Database as an example)