2013 Conference Abstracts

Conference Abstracts and PowerPoint Slides

To every cow its calf, to every book its copy – A short history of the Preservation Advisory Centre Imaging Group (PACIG)
Richard Everett & James Allan
This year we extended a very warm welcome to members of the Preservation Advisory Centre Imaging Group (PACIG).

10.20_PACIG-AHFAP (Adobe PDF, 3mb)

DAMless imaging – the photographer in the heritage workflow Sarah Saunders
The heritage image starts with the photographer, passes through various software systems including collections management and DAM, and ends with the user, the consumer, and the public. The photographer plays a key role in this workflow as one of the people with direct access to the artwork and any original inscriptions. It makes sense for information recorded at capture to be passed in a standard format down the line, just as colour information is nailed down by the attached colour profile.
This session will look at the role the photographer plays in the heritage image workflow, and discuss the need for embedded data where images are flowing free from any DAM or management system.
We will discuss the issue of attribution of museum images, where attribution is currently lacking, and the role of IPTC fields in standardising the flow of embedded data. IPTC is considering adding new heritage fields to IPTC extension and these will be explained. The new SCREM ((SChema for Rich Embedded Metadata for Heritage Media Files) project will be introduced, which aims to identify a set of currently used heritage fields for embedded data exchange within and between institutions. How can SCREM be of use to photographers? And finally, a call for involvement from the photographic community in the effort to streamline the metadata workflow.

The following topics will be addressed

  • The heritage workflow and the role of metadata
  • Embedded and database data – where are they appropriate?
  • The role of embedded data in attribution and copyright
  • How embedded data is useful to general web users
  • DAMless image management – what are the criteria for sound data handling and image retrieval for photographers in their own workflow?
  • The IPTC and SCREM data project

Background information about the issues

10.55_Sarah_Saunders (Adobe PDF, 3mb)

Sustainable Methodologies – How the Centre for Heritage Imaging and Collection Care (CHICC) was established as a sustainable business model
Gwen Jones, CHICC
CHICC was established as a sustainable business model for the digitisation and collection care services of The John Rylands Library. A successful series of significant funded projects meant that a skillset had been developed and equipment acquired, but with no provision for this to be retained within the Library. A feasibility study as to whether there was a market for our services led to CHICC being established in January 2011. CHICC puts the object at the heart of the process and as a result constantly challenges standard practice by devising new methodologies and by modifying the equipment and materials that are currently in use. This paper will present the ways in which CHICC have achieved this, our use of social media, and our areas of innovation and development in the field of Multi Spectral Imaging.

11.30_Gwen_Jones (Adobe PDF, 9mb)

Warning, this file is corrupt! – Strategies for short & long term preservation of heritage content
Maureen Pennock
Collecting institutions hold an increasing amount of their collections in digital form. The intention is often to preserve their digital collections long into the future, in a similar fashion to their physical artefacts. Yet the challenges they face in doing so are complex. Failure to properly address them can impact on the longevity of the collections from the very point of creation onwards. This presentation will present and explore some of the many issues in both long, and short term preservation, based on the speakers own experience over the past decade and recent work at the British Library to address not just technical, but also organisational issues in preservation of its digital collections.

12.05_Maureen_Pennock (Adobe PDF, 2mb)

Good pictures out of non-experts
Dani Tagen
The talk is about how we at the Horniman Museum & Gardens have managed to take 15,000 photos of about 8,000 objects in 10 months with one photographer and a small team of collection assistants.

12.40_Dani_Tagen (Adobe PDF, 2.4mb)

A Photographer’s Tale: Life after VR
Derek Kendall
“I opted for redundancy from English Heritage on the 31st March 2012 on a voluntary/compulsory basis after 36 years service as a photographer. It has been a very interesting and rewarding experience since that date. I’m still an active photographer, between holidays, and work/life balance is rather better. Last week I was honoured to be the recipient of the Royal Photographic Societies Hood Medal for 2013.

See http://www.rps.org/annual-awards/Hood-Medal

Also next month should see the release of Victor Book Three by Hasselblad which has a section profiling some of the images I have created.


I’ve worked for architects and designers and it is a very rewarding and stimulating existence.”

14.30_Derek_Kendall (Adobe PDF, 34mb)

Castles, Crosses & Curious Collections – The role of photography in RCAHMS
Zoe Ballantine

15.05_Zoe_Ballantine (Adobe PDF, 16mb)

Short filmmaking at English Heritage
Alan Bull
“We have, over the last couple of years, started creating short films to tell stories about architecture, architects and traditional processes that might die out with this current generation of workers. Having always used still images and text to relay information we now, in addition, use moving images that can be seen on websites and galleries and where they will reach a much larger group of people that are interested in saving these important features of the English landscape.

Films shot recently and launched at The Quadriga Gallery, Wellington Arch, this week are as follows:

What is Brutalism? Interview with Arup engineer, Derek Sugden, talking about Peter and Alison Smithson first using the phrase ‘New Brutalism’ in response to designing the house in which Derek still lives today. Running time 4min 45s.

The Royal College of Physicians: A day in the life of a listed building. This film follows the thought processes and discusses the architecture of Sir Denis Lasdun’s first major work. Running time 6 min 30s.

Peter Aldington and Turn End. This film shows Peter Aldington, designer of more listed buildings than any other living architect, discussing how he went about building his first house in which he and his wife have continued to live for 48 years. 5 min 30 s

I will show these films at the conference, they work well as a set at the Wellington Arch Gallery and take 15 minutes together. The remaining 10-14 minutes will be introduction and conversation about how we went about making them efficiently in these times of austerity.”