As I work my way through the historic photographs of Tasmania in the Beattie collection, I never know what will come next. This is the nature of a collection filed by arbitrary numbers and not by subject or location. In fact adding that location and content information (or Metadata as we call it) is my job. Yes I have to digitise the large format negatives, slides and glass plates. But without some catalogue information, they are not much use to any one.
With the retouching team expanded, the pipeline is getting quicker. 600 down, 4400 to go...
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The Beatties Studio blog will provide some behind the scenes information on the studio, the collection of historic old Tasmanian photographs and the digitising process.