Research image collections

Research Cooperative
28/05/14 07:22:56AM

Many researchers have very large image collections, in various media, that are likely to be lost when we retire or die.

As each year passes, I add another 500 or 1000 photos to my collection (mainly from fieldwork). Apart from the few that I have published in research papers, none of these are accessible or useful for other people.

I would like to select just ten of my best photos every year, and then deposit them in a permanent academic or public archive somewhere. Making good quality prints for a selected few might be the best guarantee for longer term preservation.

It does not matter what specialisation our images are related to. What is important is the preservation of images for which at least a minimum explanation is recorded. Then they will be of interest and use to someone, sometime, somewhere.

How do other members of our network manage their own photo collections?

Here is a group page within the Research Cooperative where we can introduce and discuss image collections and archives at great length.

SEE: /community/group/35/image-collections


Research Cooperative
29/05/14 10:51:40PM @chief-admin:

Dear Richard,

Thanks for the tip. I looked up the Nikonians, and the book.

One commenter at the review site Goodreads noted that the author is " Managing Director of the Nikonians Academy, and the driving force behind this highly successful organization that operates photo workshops and adventure trips all around the world. "

(see: ).

The book does look very useful.

Best regards

Richard G. Dudley
28/05/14 11:37:30AM @richard-g-dudley:
Great question. There are some photography fora that discuss this topic (eg See the section on "work flow"). There I just learned about a book called "Thousands of Images: Now What".I use a fairly cheap but flexible image database organization software called photools, but is a bit difficult to learn. Right now most images are on a hard drive with backups... With newer ones on my computer's hard drive.I have selected good images for others to view at a site on