Category Archives: Process

The work continues!

I know we haven’t posted to this blog in a while, but don’t worry: the work on the Historic Dress project has continued quietly in the background! Both our Omeka collection and WordPress blog sites were offline briefly while we … Continue reading

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Historic Dress in Shared Shelf Commons

Earlier this year we were able to publish more of our images online with a new platform, as we continue to test our workflow. Please come and take a look at this latest collection on Shared Shelf Commons. So far … Continue reading

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Take a Look at Our Latest Prototype

At our latest prototype in Omeka, at, you can go through some of Nancy Rexford’s research notebooks page by page and see multiple views of some shawls from Nancy’s research. It’s a work in progress, but we’d love your feedback!

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Lost in the folds of a shawl

Part of my job as a costume consultant for this project is to review the metadata for each item and make sure that the title, description and date are as accurate as I know how to make them. A week … Continue reading

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Where it all comes together . . . historic clothing meets new librarianship

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This past March I found myself in a room with an amazing team of scholars, beginning to plan a project of epic proportions for the historic dress community: the project that has become (some examples of the diverse materials … Continue reading

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yes yes yes and love love love

My email inbox, like that of most university faculty, receives a steady stream of requests to do something—give talks and attend them, promote conferences and distribute calls for papers, join writing groups and reading groups of various sorts. One year … Continue reading

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Technology won’t replace scholars, but how far can the technology get us?

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Today the Working Group was bursting with ideas … everything from applying Mechanical Turk workers to creating a virtual Nancy Rexford!  Can Nancy’s “Like-with-Like” methodology be simulated with computer aided recognition? How do we teach students how to see?  Technology … Continue reading

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Commence the pilot project!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012 Commence the pilot project! A significant percent of the total group gathered this morning at 10:00 in the Smith College Theatre building to inaugurate this project. It was the first time the students had met us … Continue reading

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