In a Perfect World: Exploring the Desires and Realities for Digitized Historical Image Archives

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Abstract

The primary goal of this paper is to explore users' desires for digitized historical image collections, examining their desires based on different use purposes and information interaction activities. In addition, we investigate the image attributes that users wish to search from the collection. To accomplish this, we conducted 21 qualitative interviews with active users of a digitized historical photograph archive. Our findings suggest that users' desires relate to three contexts: tools, collection, and socio-organizational issues. Moreover, our results indicate that users require support for various information interaction activities, not just searching. We found that users' desires vary based on their specific use purposes, and that users prioritize conceptual access points that can already mostly be generated through automated annotation methods. Ultimately, this study contributes to a better understanding of users' real-life image needs and offers implications for improving access to digital image collections.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Association for Information Science and Technology
EditorsIan Ruthven, Heather O'Brien
PublisherWiley
Pages244-254
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 22 Oct 2023
Publication typeA4 Article in conference proceedings
EventAnnual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 27 Oct 202331 Oct 2023

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Association for Information Science and Technology
Volume60
ISSN (Print)2373-9231
ISSN (Electronic)2373-9231

Conference

ConferenceAnnual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityLondon
Period27/10/2331/10/23

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 1

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