Sunday, April 22, 2012

Pictures, pictures, pictures - 21COFH Week 16

This next project we are back working with pictures. Since I just don't see this project being completed in one week, we are going to spend two weeks on this one. The objective is to scan, add meta-data and organize both the physical and digital photos. Personally, I have a second objective as well which is to get input from some family members to help identify some of the people and places in these pictures.

Here's the step by step I plan on taking with this group of early to mid-twentieth century photos.
  1. Scan each item, front and back, in the order found in the box they have lived in for the past several decades. I can tell these pictures have been looked at and probably mixed up on numerous occasions but I'm going to keep them in the same order anyway, just in case there's a clue.  
  2. Upload the photos to their permanent storage location such as a laptop.
  3. Rename the files. I will use a sequential naming scheme and append "a" and "b" to each in order to keep the front and back of each photo together.
  4. Add metadata.
  5. Organize the physical photos.
  6. Create an index, one each to go with the physical photos, one for the file folder on the computer with the digital photos and a copy for the "Project Notebook"
  7. Write up a few sentences regarding the provenance of this mini collection: the who, what, when and where. Also describe the naming convention for the files and where the pictures are stored. Like the index a copy needs to be in the Project Notebook, with the digital photos and with the physical photos.
I'm not sure how far I will get with this project during the week, but I'll let you know how it goes.

Please share your project, trials and tribulations either in a post of your own or in the comments. If you write your own post, leave a link in the comments.

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  1. This looks a great project. I am in the midst of mine, but you'll have to wait for my post to find out about it! Post will be up soon.