Thursday, April 9, 2009

Andy Goldsworthy Digital Catalogue

The Andy Goldsworthy Digital Catalogue combines many of my favorite things: a good digital collection, Scotland, and one of my all-time favorite artists: Andy Goldsworthy.

Technical support was provided by my friends at HATII at the University of Glasgow; this included digital repository, metadata schema, and interaction development.

This collection covers the first 10 years of Goldsworthy's career (1976 - 1986), with a second volume (and possibly third) to come.

Browsing the catalogue is simple, and there are numerous different organizational schemes to access the collection - by year, form, material, and place. I believe that the naming convention is taken from Goldsworthy himself, with what looks like
  1. File Name (this one, for example, is 1986_110)
  2. The "title" (Yellow and dark elm leaf work; Penpont, Dumfriesshire, 8 November 1986);
  3. related diary entries, if any ("Diary: 8th Nov Scaur – Penpont | cold hands – | went further along scaur – beautiful- [...] |worked with Elm leaves – yellow & |dark ")
  4. Related images (in this case there's a context shot)
  5. Keywords (colour, leaves, lines, torn, yellow)
  6. Date (Work completed and recorded 8th November 1986.)
  7. Places (Scaur, Penpont, Dumfriesshire, UK.)
  8. Bibliography (AGA: S/Bk_015, col. illus., text)
  9. Source (Colour 2 1/4 inch square transparency; Film: Fujichrome; AGA location: 86/2; No. of images: 1/4 [Others: S/C; 86/Nov/E; 86/2]; Archival Disk: 1986_005)
The creators of this collection were obviously interested in providing an exhaustive overview of Goldsworthy's archive (both published and unpublished work). Browsing is simple, and it's straightforward to navigate between images and collections within the larger collection.

The only thing that's missing is a detailed overview of the project documentation. But maybe they're too busy for that right now. The project is still active; and they're developing DVDs for the collection. I'm hoping that Tina Fiske will publish some of her work eventually.

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