Searching the Unsearchable
Dr Dinah Eastop
Welcome to ‘Big Idea’ seminar 2
One way to foster new ideas to integrate:
• development of resources and services
• wideni...
Big Idea?
Thinking differently about ‘the record’
Colour as Content
Design as Data
Texture as important as Text
Searching ...
Board of Trade (BT) Design Register
Record combines text, images, artefacts (things)

5
Plan
• Introduce BT Design Register
• Exercise & Feedback
• Update & Opportunities

6
Board of Trade Design Register
1839-1991 - copyright over design
Huge variety: designs, materials & products

7
~ 3 million designs
11,122 orderable units
some weigh more than 25kg

8
World-wide
Recent discovery London Grand Central Railway Terminus

10
Valued qualities: texture, colour, motif
kid leather; multi-coloured print on paper

11
Valued qualities: texture, colour, motif
plaited straw, blue silk fringe; red print

12
Text + non-text content

13
Challenge – different sorts of ‘content’
Online searching of text
X
Online ‘searching’ of colour, texture, motif

14
Complexity of challenge

15
Exercise & Feedback

16
Consultation with users and potential users

17
1842-1883/4 Registers online at design level
700,000+ text records of design registrations released 2012

18
UPP – text on/alongside designs recorded
transcribed, catalogued and added to online records

19
Online access for presentation & preservation
Preparation for image capture

20
Image capture trials
what and how?

21
Interaction online via PTM
http://blog.nationalarchives.gov.uk/blog/author/deastop/
great ‘user feedback’ – dwell time av....
Interaction online via PTM – zoom

23
Texture through shading - monochrome
http://www.digitalepigraphy.org

24
Film to evoke hands-on experience
Film maker: Anna Brass

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Tagging – to link BTDR with museum collections

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Tagging – linking designs with museum collections

http://www.nms.ac.uk/turkey_red/colouring_the_nation.aspx

27
User-generated content
e.g. http://tagger.thepcf.org.uk/

28
Touching online? Haptic technology

29
Search by example
http://www.tineye.com

30
Presenting designs on-line
Thumbnails on Discovery?
Intuitive Image Browsing?

31
Image-rich collections
new ways of thinking
• Transcription & cataloguing of text records
• Dialogue
• Interconnectivity

...
Acknowledgements
The Clothworkers’ Foundation
The Arts and Humanities Research Council
Colleagues at the University of Sou...
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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.

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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
  • Searching the unsearchable

    1. 1. Searching the Unsearchable Dr Dinah Eastop
    2. 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. 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. 4. Board of Trade (BT) Design Register Record combines text, images, artefacts (things) 5
    5. 5. Plan • Introduce BT Design Register • Exercise & Feedback • Update & Opportunities 6
    6. 6. Board of Trade Design Register 1839-1991 - copyright over design Huge variety: designs, materials & products 7
    7. 7. ~ 3 million designs 11,122 orderable units some weigh more than 25kg 8
    8. 8. World-wide
    9. 9. Recent discovery London Grand Central Railway Terminus 10
    10. 10. Valued qualities: texture, colour, motif kid leather; multi-coloured print on paper 11
    11. 11. Valued qualities: texture, colour, motif plaited straw, blue silk fringe; red print 12
    12. 12. Text + non-text content 13
    13. 13. Challenge – different sorts of ‘content’ Online searching of text X Online ‘searching’ of colour, texture, motif 14
    14. 14. Complexity of challenge 15
    15. 15. Exercise & Feedback 16
    16. 16. Consultation with users and potential users 17
    17. 17. 1842-1883/4 Registers online at design level 700,000+ text records of design registrations released 2012 18
    18. 18. UPP – text on/alongside designs recorded transcribed, catalogued and added to online records 19
    19. 19. Online access for presentation & preservation Preparation for image capture 20
    20. 20. Image capture trials what and how? 21
    21. 21. Interaction online via PTM http://blog.nationalarchives.gov.uk/blog/author/deastop/ great ‘user feedback’ – dwell time av. 4 minutes 22
    22. 22. Interaction online via PTM – zoom 23
    23. 23. Texture through shading - monochrome http://www.digitalepigraphy.org 24
    24. 24. Film to evoke hands-on experience Film maker: Anna Brass 25
    25. 25. Tagging – to link BTDR with museum collections 26
    26. 26. Tagging – linking designs with museum collections http://www.nms.ac.uk/turkey_red/colouring_the_nation.aspx 27
    27. 27. User-generated content e.g. http://tagger.thepcf.org.uk/ 28
    28. 28. Touching online? Haptic technology 29
    29. 29. Search by example http://www.tineye.com 30
    30. 30. Presenting designs on-line Thumbnails on Discovery? Intuitive Image Browsing? 31
    31. 31. Image-rich collections new ways of thinking • Transcription & cataloguing of text records • Dialogue • Interconnectivity 32
    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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