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  1. ResearchSpace Image Annotation.docx: Dominic's Draft for discussion on Image Annotation
  2. Image Annotation Req Items (RS3) from the original spec
  3. Image Annotation Tools
  4. review of Open Annotation Collaboration (OAC)

DeepZoom or Annotation?

What we should do first, DeepZoom or Annotation?
The question was settled: both at the same time


Dominic: What are all the reasons you would want to annotate an image of a painting?
I want to get as full a list as possible. Do you have a comprehensive list? E.g.

  • Interpretation,
  • Technique
  • Identify features (icons)
  • Bring attention to…… damage, marks, inscriptions

Austin's ideas

See comment

Vlado's ideas

Maybe far-fetched ideas:

  • an image annotation creates a conceptual sub-object that could have its own semantics, eg:
    • "this here is the King of England which can be deduced from the lions on its robe" (actual annotation at Image Annotation Tools#Shared Canvas
    • "this is a Woman's Head"
    • "this has IconClass X"
    • "this is painted by X, in the role of understudy"
    • "this uses Technique X that's different from the technique in the rest of the painting"
    • "this Head X is similar to that other Head Y in another painting"
  • an image annotation may be correlated to painting coordinates, so that the annotations of several images can be correlated (but how exactly?)

Collages of several images are used often:

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  1. Feb 02, 2012

    If you want other images which we could play around with I have some from the MFP project - X-rays and high resolution images.

    I think that Zooming is key - and annotation should come after this as one of the key issues with annotation is how we annotate zoomed images.

    A question about zooming - is deep zoom better than IIP image? and is there any benefit in using the google-approach which was adopted by the Daguerotype project.

    Other reasons for annotation:

    Some reasons for Annotating images which are related to condition, conservation, iconography, art history, purchase history, treatment  could include:

    1. To illustrate features which are described in a text (for example this could be done with stars or lines or arrows) - this could include numbering the number of layers in a paint cross section
    2. to indicate the place where a sample was taken or analysis was performed- this would include the name of the type of analysis and a link to the analytical results (either in terms of an image, a document which describes results or both)
    3. an arrow or star or similar to particular detail in an image which could include brush stroke/crack/feature/damage/retouching/repainting/repair/nail hole/etc. at any level of zoom
    4. multiple arrows to indicate multiple features in an image - it would be useful here to be able to put different features in different layers (this is common in Conservation and also Art History) so as to overlay, for example, cracks/repainting/nail holes to try to assess possible correlation between aspects of condition and treatment. This would also require the use of different types of transparent free-shapes to highlight different types of features/areas of deposition, etc.
    5. lines or arrows to indicate particularities of technique  - could include incisions, punch marks, compass marks (central compass point as well as arc), snapped lines, scratching, etching, etc.
    6. Arrow/shape to indicate particular feature of iconography, colour, horizon on a painting
    7. lines or grid to map construction and laying out of the painting/object - for example to document the perpective construction in a painting/planning/mapping on a painting or document
    8. Arrows or lines to indicate the construction of multiple-painting altarpieces, presence of joins, and physical connections to other paintings
    9. Circles or call outs which indicate comments on similarities in style with other paintings