Information & Museum Studies

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Papers of Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806 - 1859)

Posted by arts-humanities.net on March 29, 2015

The University of Bristol, UK, holds over 33,000 pages in the Brunel Collection. This collection contains the personal papers of the Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, a key figure in the Industrial Revolution. However, despite its importance as a scholarly resource, no electronic catalogue of the collection exists and physical access is limited. In 2003 the University was awarded an AHRB resource enhancement grant to carry out a pilot digitization project to bring this resource to a wider audience via the Internet.

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Developing Archival Context Standards for Functions in the Higher Education Sector

Posted by arts-humanities.net on March 29, 2015

The project is carrying out research into the potential impact of a functional approach to archival description. It is verifying new ways of accessing archival information by identifying and describing the functions and activities of Scottish Higher Education Institutions from the fifteenth century to the present day, flagging up relevant archival records held in Scottish Universities and Colleges.

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Medieval Petitions: A catalogue of the 'Ancient Petitions' in the Public Record Office

Posted by arts-humanities.net on March 29, 2015

The series know as 'Ancient Petitions' in The National Archives: Public Record Office consists of 17,629 petitions presented to the English crown between the thirteenth and the fifteenth centuries, written in Anglo-Norman French, Latin and Middle English. They provide a wealth of unexploited data on the political, legal, social, cultural and biographical history of later medieval England and of its dependencies.

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ICTGuides

Posted by arts-humanities.net on March 29, 2015

The ICTGuides project is now incorporated within this project (arts-humanities.net).

Two developments gave birth to the ICTGuides database: an increase in the use of ICT in arts and humanities research and an awareness that information on how ICT is used in arts-humanities research is not readily available online. The resulting disparity was largely seen to have detrimental effects on ICT-based scholarship as sharing computational expertise among scholars is a precursor to promoting innovation within the field.

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Tibetan visual history 1920-1950: an online resource

Posted by arts-humanities.net on March 29, 2015

The Pitt Rivers Museum and the British Museum together hold extraordinarily rich, and overlapping, collections of over 6,000 historical photographs of Tibet taken between 1920 and 1950. Conceived by their photographers as a unified visual resource, the photographs chart a crucial period in Tibetan history and in Anglo-Tibetan relations. More importantly the photographs constitute a vital record of Tibetan culture destroyed since the Chinese occupation.

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British town maps, 1470-1895: a catalogue and cartographical analysis

Posted by arts-humanities.net on March 29, 2015

The aim was to produce for England, Wales and Scotland a catalogue of the cartographic characteristics and topographic content of every manuscript and printed town map produced from 1470 (the first British town map) to 1895 (by which time publication of Ordnance Survey large-scale town maps was completed). The catalogue will constitute a definitive, permanent research tool for a wide range of historical research users. This last will contribute to the long-term conservation of these, often fragile, artefacts.

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Pacific Pathways: Multiplying Contexts for the Forster ('Cook-Voyage') Collection at the Pitt Rivers Museum

Posted by arts-humanities.net on March 29, 2015

Comprising 185+ artefacts obtained on James Cook’s second voyage of discovery from 1772 to 1775, the Forster Collection is one of the great collections of Pacific ethnography. Between 1995 and 2001, I gathered together in a database all the information held within the Museum about each object in the collection. This work culminated in the launch of a website devoted to the collection at . The present project was concerned with understanding the ways in which the Forster Collection is important today, especially for members of ‘source’ communities.

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A Shape Retrieval System for Watermark Images

Posted by arts-humanities.net on March 29, 2015

The Institute for Image Data Research and the Conservation Unit, School of Humanities, within the University of Northumbria at Newcastle, were awarded funds by the Arts and Humanities Research Board to undertake this project, which ran from 1st October 2000 to 31st March 2002.

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

The overall aim of the project was to research a variety of techniques designed to improve the accessibility of historical watermark images in paper to researchers and scholars.

Our specific objectives were:

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Dynamic encoding of historical documents: people, property and rights in 18th century Corsican notaries acts

Posted by arts-humanities.net on March 29, 2015

The project aimed to develope and evaluate portable and transparent methods and tools based on SGML/XML for managing complex document collections. As a test case we examined patterns of co-operation and disagreement between people as expressed in legal documents of the 18th century from southern Corsica concerning rights over property. Our approach aimed to relate coding, modelling, interpretation and catalogue entries with the source material, resulting in a layered representation that includes references to as much of the research context as possible.

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