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Image Databases for Art Historians

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Thursday, October 31, 2013
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4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
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Kathryn Desplanque
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Media Arts & Sciences Rendezvous

In my research, I work with large numbers of ephemeral and satirical print, and have already amassed a sizeable collection of images. I recently began to investigate different ways of databasing my collection so that I can dive into it in focussed ways in order to both inspire and answer questions. I have experimented with Adobe Bridge and FileMaker, and have ultimately settled on Excel.I would also like to use this database to find alternate ways of visualizing my collection (timelines, charts, network maps). In this discussion, I will present my research and image collection to you, explain the reasons why I settled on Excel and present my database. I'm looking forward to your feedback and insights as I consider methods of improving my database, and options for visualizing it.The Media Arts & Sciences Rendezvous is held every Thursday at 4:15pm on the 2nd floor of Smith Warehouse Bay 10. The goal is to foster a community of people interested in Visual Studies (as well as Wired!, DALMI, ISIS, etc). Through informal presentations and discussions of work in progress (and drinks and light snacks!) we learn about and contribute to each others' research.

Contact: Eric Monson