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DH Benelux 2016 Presentation - Luxembourg

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Christina Kamposiori

on 25 August 2016

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Transcript of DH Benelux 2016 Presentation - Luxembourg

The Study

Major part of the literature focused on the information seeking practices of scholars.

Outdated literature.

Understanding scholarly practices is key
for developing digital tools & services
that meet the needs of researchers.
The case of Microsoft Power Point:

I need to find a method for saving the picture together with the transcription. It’s no use for me if I can’t read them both together. And the only way I’ve been able to do it is by using Power Point. [...] And I also use it, for example, to compare the signatures. If the painting has a signature, I zoom it in and then I put it on the Power Point and then I can see and compare the different signatures and seals. They tend to work with seals in Japan. So, this is a very useful way for me. Otherwise I print out. [Participant 08]

The case of Facebook:

Multipurpose tools - finding information
Evernote, Zotero and other tools: understanding art historians' needs through their digital practice
DH Benelux 2016
Christina Kamposiori, Claire Warwick, Simon Mahony
20 semi-structured interviews
with art historians
-various career stages
& subjects
-non-traditional vs.
traditional research


Research questions:
Information gathering
Information organisation & management
The role of personal collections in research and teaching
Valued Resource
Personal collections at the core of art historians' workspace.

-Research & Teaching
Copyright issues
Limited digital resource availability in some areas of study
Quality of material
Digital resource design
-Organisation & management based on personal criteria

Use of digital resources
-criteria for choosing resources
-new types of information objects

Information gathering patterns

Organisation, use and management of information

Multipurpose tools - viewing & analysing information
Multipurpose tools - connecting information
So, this is the Facebook group with Peranakan people portraits that everyone contributes and if you have any questions about the photograph you can ask. [...] Actually, Facebook was a really good resource for me, especially this lady who is a Professor and a Peranakan and her ancestors were very prominent members of the society. [Participant 12]

Evernote & Zotero
Limited understanding of how art historians handle information, especially with regards to new types of information objects in the field.

Access to 'useful' digital resources.

Flexible tools which allow scholars to link and work intuitively (especially in a visual way) with information.
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