Multimedia Literacies and Salsah

Collaborative notes taken by paricipants of the DH Summer School Switzerland:

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Tutorial/Workshop Session 2: Claire Clivaz (@cclivaz), & Lukas Rosenthaler: Multimedia Literacies and SALSAH

Towards Multimedia literacies. Discovering SALSAH (System for annotation and linkage in arts and humanities).
Part I – Claire Clivaz
Swiss institutional context about Reasearch Data Management in the Humanities:
IPads and Digital Tool in elementary classroom — > Beginning of a new era of digital literacy, says Clivaz
1860-1980: Generalisation of elementary education and monopole of the print culture
In Antiquity, “sound-image-text” culture. We are too much formated by text-centric culture.
Emergence of Multi-media Academic Virtual Objects
Project example: – Artists meet scholars
FYI: The clip of Youssoupha, Menaces de mort, was about/against Eric Zemmour (not Nicolas Sarkozy).
Part II – Lukas Rosenthaler
Traces the history of the Digital Humanities Lab in Basel:
First digital camera in the Lab in 1981
Today many online primary sources available.
If you want to work with digitized sources, you have to print them out or save them locally, you cannot annotate them, i.e. you miss a Virtual Research Environment (VRE).
The web was founded as a virtual collaboration tool for CERN researchers. And then it has developped in… well, you know.
Why digitize large collection if you cannot work with them.
VRE for Humanities. Features: Annotation / Linkage / Transcription / Collaboration
Technical aspects:
– Resource Description Framework: model developed by the W3C (RDF, semantic model)
– Salsah supports bi-directionnal connections between databases
– “We are very flexible and we can added practicaly on the fly”.
– Web-based frontend appliation <- html5 / ajax / jQuery
– Flexibility: possibility to import metadata based on DublinCore and manage them
– Bi-directionnality RDF to RDFS (cf. schema
Search strategy: different ways for searching (text, graph and… ? Didn’t catch the rest)
Image store:
– high quality (JPEG2000, lossless compression), conversion (JPEG, TIFF, PNG) => possibility to adapt the quality of images in reading
– optional watermark