Image Analysis for Archival Discovery (Aida)
Libraries, archives, museums, and other groups are creating millions and millions of digital images as we digitize the cultural record. For the most part, though, these digital images are under-utilized, and we leverage little of their information potential. At the same time, locating relevant materials in digital collections is often already a difficult endeavor and will become increasingly so as more content is digitized. The Aida team is exploring what more we can do with the millions of images that represent the digitized cultural record—particularly digital images of textual materials—and we are interested in the types of discovery that serious attention to digital images might yield.
Code & Data
Code developed for our project is available via our GitHub organization page.
Data generated for our project are made available through appropriate data repositories designed for long-term storage, preservation, and access. See our project page on the Open Science Framework: https://osf.io/xn7tv/
Documents & Publications
- “Application of the Image Analysis for Archival Discovery Team’s First- Generation Methods and Software to the Burney Collection of British Newspapers,” May 2019
- Interim report, submitted to Institute of Museum and Library Services, March 2019
- “Using Chronicling America’s Images to Explore Digitized Historic Newspapers & Imagine Alternative Futures,” National Digital Newspaper Program Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., September 26, 2018
- “Patterns, Collaboration, Practice: Algorithms as Editing for Historic Periodicals,” American Antiquarian Society Spring Symposium 2018, Editorship as Collaboration: Patterns of Practice in Multi-Ethnic Periodicals, Worcester, MA, April 28, 2018
- Interim report, submitted to Institute of Museum and Library Services, February 2018
- “Increasing Our Vision for 21st-Century Digital Libraries,” Opening Keynote Presentation, HathiTrust Research Center UnCamp 2018, Berkeley, CA, January 25, 2018
- National Leadership Grant application, submitted to the Institute of Museum and Library Services, May 2016
- White paper, submitted to National Endowment for the Humanities, October 2016
- Final report, submitted to National Endowment for the Humanities, October 2016
- Interim report, submitted to National Endowment for the Humanities, January 2016
- “Developing an Image-Based Classifier for Detecting Poetic Content in Historic Newspaper Collections,” D-Lib Magainze, July 2015
- Interim report, submitted to National Endowment for the Humanities, June 2015
- Interim report, submitted to National Endowment for the Humanities, January 2015
- Extended abstract, Digital Humanities 2014
- Application for start-up funding, submitted to National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Digital Humanities, September 2013
News & Updates
- Aida team releases report, “Application of the Image Analysis for Archival Discovery Team’s First- Generation Methods and Software to the Burney Collection of British Newspapers” (May 2019)
- UVA and UNL team members hold working meeting in Washington, DC (September 2018)
- Team members present on Aida work on research with historic newspapers at annual meeting of the National Digital Newspaper Program in Washington, DC (September 2018)
- Aida co-directors Lorang and Soh present opening keynote for 2018 HathiTrust Research Center UnCamp (January 2018)
- Aida team members contribute to Digging into Data Challenge grant, “Oceanic Exchanges: Tracing Global Information Networks in Historical Newspaper Repositorires, 1840-1914,” and receive subaward to focus on image segementation of historic newspapers (May 2017).
- Aida team receives $462,000 in IMLS funding for their project “Extending Intelligent Computational Image Analysis for Archival Discovery” and welcome new team members from the University of Virginia! Read the Nebraska Today story (September 2016).
- UNL Annual Research Report for 2015 recognizes Aida! Read the article or view the video.
- “Developing an Image-Based Classifier for Detecting Poetic Content in Historic Newspaper Collections published in D-Lib Magainze, July 2015.
- Aida featured in Digital Americanists/Research Society for American Periodicals panel at American Literature Association (May 2015)
- Project team’s work featured on NET, Nebraska’s NPR Station. Listen to the story.
- Aida featured in UNL Today article (November 2014).
- Project directors Lorang and Soh present at 2014 Digital Library Federation Forum on early stages of Aida work