• A Case Study of a Digital Image Collection Belonging to a Charity

    Author(s):
    Isobel Ramsden (see profile)
    Date:
    2017
    Group(s):
    CityLIS
    Subject(s):
    Library and information science
    Item Type:
    Dissertation
    Institution:
    City, University of London
    Tag(s):
    Digital asset management, Images
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6067V
    Abstract:
    This case study aims to increase knowledge of working with digital image collections, including issues related to information organisation, information behaviour, digital asset management and user experience. The research begins by reviewing the academic and professional literature, which in turn informs the way in which particular issues are explored. In the initial exploratory phase, the researcher carries out interviews with some of the main users of the collection and analyses logs generated by the Digital Asset Management System (DAM). And in the second phase, the researcher investigates indexing policy and management of the collection through analysis of metadata, interviews and an indexing task completed by participants. A few key findings are made. Firstly, the collection is important for promoting and keeping a record of the charity's work. Secondly, the rapid growth of the collection makes metadata increasingly important for the discoverability of files. Thirdly, DAM software can support information organisation, information retrieval, information seeking and digital asset management in many ways. Fourthly, the case shows the importance of training for helping staff to use the system and manage the metadata schema and folders. Finally, although time and staffing for organising and managing the collection are limited, the help that good quality metadata and well-organised folders can bring are worth it in the opinion of the researcher. The research results also include specific recommendations for managing the collection and indexing it. It is hoped that these findings will be applicable to other, similar cases.
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    Last Updated:
    7 months ago
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