Midterm Project Presentation
Why did you choose the subject matter and objects?
Having gotten my undergraduate degree in Saratoga Springs, I have previously researched how we remember the Battle of Saratoga, and have done separate work and research on archeological artifacts in the Saratoga area unrelated to the American Revolution. This seemed like a good topic to dive into.
Where did you find your images and data?
Mostly through Google Arts and Culture, but that lead me to a few different websites that have art and artifacts in relation to the Revolutionary War and the Battle of Saratoga
Explain the fields/ elements used in the Resource Template and the vocabularies used:
- Identifier- I used the number 1777001-1777010, for the year of the Battle and as I was giving them identifier numbers I went down the list giving them numbers 1 through 10. All of the Identifiers are clickable links to the Google Arts and Culture Pages.
- Title- I kept the titles that the items came with, because some of them were depicting the same moments in different ways, and to keep them clear I kept their names. However, this leads to some alternative confusion, as the dates associated with titles of the event range from September 19 to October 17, and especially some confusion as to the date the surrender actually took place.
- Creator- Library of Congress: Name Authority File. This one worked the best with the names I searched for.
- Date-the dates that they came with.
- Description- a simple text description of the content.
- Subject- Library of Congress: Subject Headings. They are all subjected: “United States—History—Revolution, 1775-1783” and “Saratoga Campaign, N.Y., 1777.” In addition to slightly more specific subjects for what each individual artifact and artwork is.
- Rights- Everything I picked is substantially over 100 years old, and labeled Public Domain.
- Medium- Getty: The Art and Architecture Thesaurus. It seemed to have most of what I was looking to tag things as.
- Format (renamed Dimensions)- I imputed them #in X # in (# cm X # cm ) unless it was by weight or the dimensions were not given.
- Is Part Of- Library of Congress: Subject Headings, this category is similar to subject, but I tried to highlight some of the broader categories it would go into, like paintings or souvenirs
- Publisher- where I got the piece from, mostly clickable links from Google Arts and Culture, as well as if the item was redirected to another site from Google Arts and Culture.
Describe one object:
The Bronze Medal of Horatio Gates. This bronze coin has Horatio Gates on the front, and on the back it has a depiction of General Burgoyne surrendering to Gates, similarly to how it is depicted in the paintings of the same moment.
Where did you get the object and data:
This one was found on the Yale University Art Gallery. It was indirectly found through Google Arts and Culture, as some other works took me to the Yale website. However, this specific piece was not found in full on the Google Arts and Culture page and has 2 other separate entries of the front and back of this coin. The Yale version was the one with the most metadata and tags associated with it, and is the only version with both sides of the coin photographed at the same time.
How does your metadata differ?
While my metadata is not wildly different, I think I am less eager to over tag, and I tried to keep the information as necessary, simple and easy to find and understand.
Cataloging as a work or image?
In every instance in this dataset I am cataloging the work not the image of the work.