Summer is all about image editing, clean up, adding descriptive metadata, geo-tagging and planning what is next for the Bernier Archive. Dr. Maki, back from a recent scholarly trip to Bhutan, finished adding substantial descriptive metadata for the second round of digitization of images, thanks to the support of the Artstor At-Risk Collection grant funding. We have another graduate student from the department of Art History helping with image clean up, Jamie Summers. Jamie has an extensive background in digital photography and image handling.
The Artstor At-Risk Collection focuses primarily on Southeast Asia and will be made available in Artstor’s Shared Shelf platform. We have permission to make the 500 images of the VRA Foundation grant pilot project available through shared shelf. In the near future, just over 1,000 images from the Bernier Archive will be available for discovery and research in Artstor Shared Shelf.
Future endeavors we are mulling over this summer include GIS and mapping projects combining material culture with places of origin, such as the linking of text and associated monasteries as seen on the Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center (TBRC, http://www.tbrc.org/#!places/O4JW338404JW339875JW52). The Bernier Archive is investigating the feasibility of working with TBRC and other literature-based resources to better integrate image and text resources to facilitate greater interchange. Cross-linking such as this and the examples mentioned earlier will greatly enhance ease of research, ideally benefitting Himalayan and Asian Studies as a whole.
It has been a very productive and inspiring summer for the Bernier Archive project. Please see the newly published images in our Southeast Asia gallery for a sampling of the recent digitization of images.