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Identification Needs in Developing, Documenting, and Indexing WSDOT Photographs

Description: Over time, the Department of Transportation has accumulated image collections which document important aspects of the transportation infrastructure in the Pacific Northwest, project status and construction details. These images range from paper photographs to extremely high resolution digital (or digitized) aerial photography, collected by many departments using film cameras, cell phone cameras, digital snapshot cameras, digital SLRs and special purpose geo-encoding stereographic cameras. Due to the diverse collection methods and technologies, as well as the growth of the use of imaging at the Department of Transportation, there are many separate archives of images with multiple, incompatible access methods. This assessment identifies the current state of archiving and indexing of images at the Department, summarizes a survey of key stakeholders in the current system, and recommends next steps toward developing an agency-wide image documentation and access system.

  • Date Published: February, 2010
  • Publication Number: WA-RD 731.1
  • Last Modified: March 9, 2010
  • Author: Barbara Endicott-Popovsky and Michael Simon.
  • Originator: University of Washington. Information School. Center for Information Assurance and Cybersecurity
  • # of Pages: 49 p., 0.16 MB (PDF)
  • Subject: Photographs, Visual media, Indexing, Information organization, Needs assessment, Surveys, Classification, Indexes (Information management), Information storage and retrieval systems.
  • Keywords: Image collections, Washington State Dept. of Transportation, archiving, documentation, accessibility.
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This abstract was last modified January 22, 2013