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Lost world: Digitizing the Fürer -Haimendorf Collection. Susannah Rayner. Christoph von Fürer -Haimendorf. Born in Vienna in 1909 1931 – PhD in anthropology from the University of Vienna Studies at LSE 1936 – first trip to the Naga Hills 1938 – marries Betty Barnardo

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Lost world digitizing the f rer haimendorf collection

Lost world:Digitizing the Fürer-Haimendorf Collection

Susannah Rayner


Christoph von f rer haimendorf

Christoph von Fürer-Haimendorf

  • Born in Vienna in 1909

  • 1931 – PhD in anthropology from the University of Vienna

  • Studies at LSE

  • 1936 – first trip to the Naga Hills

  • 1938 – marries Betty Barnardo

  • 1950 – Professor of Anthropology at SOAS

  • 1975-77 – President of the RAI

  • Died in London in 1995


Welcome to nagaland

Welcome to Nagaland

Raid on Pangsha

J P Mills


The problem

The problem

  • Large and varied archive

  • Cataloguing

  • Specialist expertise

  • Funding

  • Format

Access to the collection before digitisation


The solution

The solution

  • Expertise

  • Opportunity & enterprise

  • Funding


Project aims

Project aims

  • To provide access to the photographs, while preserving the physical condition of the original material.

  • To create high resolution images of the originals photographs

  • To use the project as a pilot for future digitisation projects at SOAS.


Process

Process

  • Project team

  • Digitization

  • Metadata input

  • Website design

  • Upload


Methodology

Methodology

  • Initial assessment

  • Cleaning and scanning

  • Entry of technical and administrative metadata

  • Entry of descriptive metadata

  • Checksum generation

  • Ingestion to Web site


Equipment

Equipment

  • A Nikon LS-5000 35mm film scanner attached to a PC workstation was used for all scanning

  • Vuescan was used to acquire the image

  • Lightroom was used for metadata entry

Nikon LS-5000 35mm film scanner


Challenges

Challenges

  • In-house versus out-sourcing

  • Working off-site

  • Data storage and transmission

  • Time allocation for project management

  • HR


Results http digital info soas ac uk

Resultshttp://digital.info.soas.ac.uk/

  • Images online

  • Fully catalogued

  • Free research resource

  • Preservation

  • Digitisation expertise

  • Sustainability and strategic management

  • Launch


Lessons learnt

Lessons learnt

  • Don’t be afraid to ask

  • Be realistic in your aims

  • Project Management is a demanding, full-time role

  • Technology is not the issue

  • Invest in training

  • Sustainability

  • Team membership

  • In-house v. outsourcing

  • Quality v quantity


Lost world digitizing the f rer haimendorf collection

‘What I saw in 1936 and 1937 is now a page in India’s history, to be remembered and recorded but never to be observed again’.

Christoph von Fürer-Haimendorf, 1962


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