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Moving Forward with Digital Scientific Images: A Study of Infrastructure, Digitization Work, and Digital Research Practices
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of ALM.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0904-7222
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of ALM.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3071-697X
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Art History.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2598-2608
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of History of Science and Ideas.
2019 (English)In: Proceedings of the Digital Humanities in the Nordic Countries 4th Conference (DHN 2019), Copenhagen, Denmark, March 5-8, 2019. / [ed] Costanza Navarretta, Manex Agirrezabal, Bente Maegaard, Copenhagen, 2019, Vol. 2364, p. 415-425Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Scientific images are important and complex objects of study in the field of digital humanities for two principal reasons. Firstly, scientific images are key components in the making and communication of science in the present day and constitute central source materials in scholarly projects seeking to elucidate the historical practices of research and the development of scientific disciplines. Secondly, the archives, libraries, and museums (ALM) sector invest significant resources into the digitization and mediation of scientific images and it is a crucial success factor for both ALM institutions and future research initiatives that the premises and consequences of such efforts are thoroughly explored. This paper seeks to map which avenues of study and work that are crucial to pursue if available modes of curation, access, search, and analysis in digital collections of scientific images are to be meaningfully improved. The paper is based on a literature review and an overview of the current state of digitization work, digital collections, and digital infrastructures for storage and mediation at Uppsala University Libraries. Methodologically the paper makes use of action research and an adaptable, pragmatic, and ’exploratory’ approach to academic research. The study identifies five themes of study and work that, if competently pursued, promise to push the boundaries of what is known about scientific images forward in many areas of the digitization spectrum both in terms of best practices and theoretical understandings. The themes are: (1) method and infrastructure focus; (2) method focus; (3) digitization work focus; (4) epistemic and research-practice focus; (5) epistemic, methodological, and historiographical focus.

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Copenhagen, 2019. Vol. 2364, p. 415-425
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CEUR Workshop Proceedings (CEUR-WS.org), ISSN 1613-0073 ; urn:nbn:de:0074-2364-7
Keywords [en]
Scientific Images, Digitization, Image Extraction and Indexing, Digital Research Practices, Digital Image Infrastructures
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Humanities and the Arts
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-383580OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-383580DiVA, id: diva2:1316375
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Digital Humanities in the Nordic Countries 4th Conference (DHN 2019) Copenhagen, Denmark, March 5-8, 2019.
Available from: 2019-05-17 Created: 2019-05-17 Last updated: 2019-05-27Bibliographically approved

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