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Prepare an Object Through Transformation

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Activity Definition(s)

Once objects (actual artifacts or digital surrogates/copies) have been obtained, they may need to undergo various types of transformations to be most useful for the scholarly inquiry or creative purposes for which they were obtained.  

One category of transformations is more mechanical in nature, and may be part of the Obtain Local Copy activity ("Multiple representations or disseminations of the requested object may be available from the repository").  Examples might be:

  • Digitization
  • OCR processing
  • Converting from MS Word to PDF
  • Transforming from one image format to another
  • Compressing media files.

Another category of transformations is the more conceptual or intellectual, non-mechanical transformations or modifications that can be applied to research materials.  Examples might be:

  • Translate ancient texts into a more accessible language
  • TEI text encoding and HTML markup activities
  • Score a piece of music
  • Transcribe oral materials (e.g. interviews)
  • Represent dance choreography as written notation
  • Create plaster casts of archeological remains.

A third category of transformations may include enhancement of transformed objects.  Examples might be:

  • Correcting OCRed text
  • Image enhancement by computer algorithm
  • Noise reduction in audio recordings.

Scholars' Stories (scenarios)

Tools (examples)

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Related Collections/Content (examples)

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Applicable Standards or Standards Bodies

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Notes, comments, related activities, concerns

This was originally titled "Transform an artifact to ready it for scholarly inquiry (transcribe a text (e.g., OCR), translate a text, transform one image format to another, score a piece of music, etc.)."

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