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Friday, July 14 • 9:30am - 11:00am
#w4 Tropy: Software to Organize the Digital Photographs You Take in Your Research

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We propose an interactive introduction to Tropy, free and open source desktop software that enables researchers to organize and describe their research photos. Tropy is under development at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media. Over the last several years, archival research practices have shifted from taking notes or photocopies on site to taking digital photographs of research materials, which are then processed after the research trip. Though this method allows researchers to view more sources in the archives, researchers then struggle to organize their photos in a meaningful way. Existing photo management software is of little help. It tends to focus on the photograph itself, and offer little scope for attaching metadata describing the object in the image or for organizing images based on that information, while also being proprietary and costly to purchase.

Tropy allows researchers to add metadata to photos individually or to a large group of photos simultaneously, using customizable templates. Templates can also be imported, so archives and libraries can create templates for their collections to share with researchers. Photos can be grouped into individual documents; documents can be gathered into collections or tagged. Tropy also allows notes to be associated with photos, accommodating descriptions or transcriptions of documents. Full text search of metadata, notes and tags allows you to find what you need in your research. Photos and associated metadata can be exported for use in other platforms, including for ingestion into an institution’s digital asset management system or catalog.

A beta release for testing is available, and a stable beta for ongoing use is slated for release in early July 2017. This interactive presentation will provide audience members with an opportunity to hear from the Tropy team about the software’s design and development, to download and be walked through the beta release and to explore what Tropy can offer for their research and for their institution or organization.

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Stephen Robertson

Director, Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, George Mason University

Friday July 14, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am EDT
Franklin Chemical Heritage Foundation