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Building Meaning in Digitized Photographs

dc.contributor.authorConway, Paul
dc.identifier.citationJournal of the Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science, vol. 1, no. 1, 2009 <>en_US
dc.description.abstractThis paper explores how visual meaning is built through the transformation of photographic images from analog (prints or negatives) to digital bitmaps. The paper frames the issue of digitization of photographs and their use in digital humanities scholarship within varying theoretical perspectives on visual representation. The paper incorporates a model that describes how digitization procedures (guidelines and best practices) express the intentions of the digitizer. It illustrates the mechanisms at play in digital collection building, particularly the extent to which technical decisions regarding image quality affect the digital representations of original photographic resources in ways that may be detectable and important to digital humanities scholars. The paper concludes with implications for digital humanities scholarship of using general-purpose Image Digital Archives.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipNational Science Foundationen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Chicagoen_US
dc.subjectVisual Representationen_US
dc.titleBuilding Meaning in Digitized Photographsen_US
dc.subject.hlbsecondlevelInformation and Library Science
dc.subject.hlbtoplevelSocial Sciences
dc.description.peerreviewedPeer Revieweden_US
dc.contributor.affiliationumInformation, School ofen_US
dc.contributor.affiliationumcampusAnn Arboren_US
dc.description.bitstreamurl Conway Building Meaning JDHCS 2009.pdf
dc.identifier.sourceJournal of the Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Scienceen_US
dc.owningcollnameInformation, School of (SI)

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