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This Big Idea presentation explores how exploiting digital technology to enhance both access and preservation of the Board of Trade Design Register could open up the records to new users.

This Big Idea presentation explores how exploiting digital technology to enhance both access and preservation of the Board of Trade Design Register could open up the records to new users.

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  • Board of Trade Design Register 1839-1991rich resource - as text and as material evidence
    Products, e.g. leather gloves, straw bonnets, mittens, socks
    Samples, e.g. printed and woven shawls, furnishing textiles, lace
    Photographs of products
    Drawing of products & textile designs
    Tracings of textile designs
  • Board of Trade Design Register 1839-1991rich resource - as text and as material evidence
  • Accessibility
    The accessibility of movable heritage collections is characterised as:
    the ability of a user to find an item within a collection, i.e. to know that a particular collection holds this item;
    the ability of the institution to locate the item and retrieve it, and
    3. the ability of the institution to present it to a user in a format which is most appropriate to both the item and the user . In the case of the BT Design Register , access needs to be provided to as many aspects of the Series as possible, i.e. the container (or physical structure), the content (through improved catalogue data), and the material information intrinsic to the representations themselves .
  • RTI+= Reflectance Transformation Imaging
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    • 1. Searching the Unsearchable Dr Dinah Eastop
    • 2. Welcome to ‘Big Idea’ seminar 2 One way to foster new ideas to integrate: • development of resources and services • widening public access to records • the preservation of the records 3
    • 3. Big Idea? Thinking differently about ‘the record’ Colour as Content Design as Data Texture as important as Text Searching x browsing x exploring OR Design as Data 4
    • 4. Board of Trade (BT) Design Register Record combines text, images, artefacts (things) 5
    • 5. Plan • Introduce BT Design Register • Exercise & Feedback • Update & Opportunities 6
    • 6. Board of Trade Design Register 1839-1991 - copyright over design Huge variety: designs, materials & products 7
    • 7. ~ 3 million designs 11,122 orderable units some weigh more than 25kg 8
    • 8. World-wide
    • 9. Recent discovery London Grand Central Railway Terminus 10
    • 10. Valued qualities: texture, colour, motif kid leather; multi-coloured print on paper 11
    • 11. Valued qualities: texture, colour, motif plaited straw, blue silk fringe; red print 12
    • 12. Text + non-text content 13
    • 13. Challenge – different sorts of ‘content’ Online searching of text X Online ‘searching’ of colour, texture, motif 14
    • 14. Complexity of challenge 15
    • 15. Exercise & Feedback 16
    • 16. Consultation with users and potential users 17
    • 17. 1842-1883/4 Registers online at design level 700,000+ text records of design registrations released 2012 18
    • 18. UPP – text on/alongside designs recorded transcribed, catalogued and added to online records 19
    • 19. Online access for presentation & preservation Preparation for image capture 20
    • 20. Image capture trials what and how? 21
    • 21. Interaction online via PTM http://blog.nationalarchives.gov.uk/blog/author/deastop/ great ‘user feedback’ – dwell time av. 4 minutes 22
    • 22. Interaction online via PTM – zoom 23
    • 23. Texture through shading - monochrome http://www.digitalepigraphy.org 24
    • 24. Film to evoke hands-on experience Film maker: Anna Brass 25
    • 25. Tagging – to link BTDR with museum collections 26
    • 26. Tagging – linking designs with museum collections http://www.nms.ac.uk/turkey_red/colouring_the_nation.aspx 27
    • 27. User-generated content e.g. http://tagger.thepcf.org.uk/ 28
    • 28. Touching online? Haptic technology 29
    • 29. Search by example http://www.tineye.com 30
    • 30. Presenting designs on-line Thumbnails on Discovery? Intuitive Image Browsing? 31
    • 31. Image-rich collections new ways of thinking • Transcription & cataloguing of text records • Dialogue • Interconnectivity 32
    • 32. Acknowledgements The Clothworkers’ Foundation The Arts and Humanities Research Council Colleagues at the University of Southampton & Birmingham City University The archivists, artists, conservators, designers and historians who contributed to consultation events Volunteers and colleagues at The National Archives 33

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