DH_OU Seminar: Digitising the Image, 20 May 2014


The Digital Humanities Thematic Research Network is pleased to present the next event in the Digital Humanities in Practice series:

Digitising the image

Date: 20 May 2014

Time: 1.00pm-3.00pm (note later start time)

Venue: Arts Music Studio, The Open University Walton Hall, Milton Keynes (directions)


From Digital Surrogates to Digital Originals

Speaker: Nick Hiley (British Cartoon Archive, University of Kent)

The British Cartoon Archive has been digitising its holdings since 1990, and archiving digital originals since 2011. This presentation looks at the challenges faced in creating digital images from physical objects, and in moving to digitally-created originals.


From Digital Images to Digital Research

Speaker: James Baker (BL Labs, British Library)

Digital images can be used for much more than discovery. With the appropriate metadata or means of querying patterns within the image, corpora of images can analysed at scale revealing patterns that may not be easy to spot through close examination of small hand-crafted collections of images. Not every digital image, however, can be treated in the same way. And so this talk will explore how the creation of digital images can shape and constrain the research that is possible with digital images; how as a result of how they are made, ‘digital images’ is a broad category of primary source material containing many, often very different, types of research object.


A sandwich lunch will be provided. To book a place, please email Heather Scott (heather.scott@open.ac.uk) by 15 May 2014.

For more information on Digital Humanities at The Open University, please go to the Digital Humanities website.