The Plotlands Archive: Visualising a personal image archive with open-source Piwigo.
AbstractAccessing visual resources online is a mediated experience shaped by search engine and image sharing algorithms, or via the individual agendas of closed, curated collections. Using my own Plotlands Archive as a case study, this paper outlines an alternative strategy for creating a user-generated, searchable online image archive. Without the clandestine algorithms of popular image hosting and sharing environments, the free and open-source Piwigo is an accessible and code-free way to create a visual archive. The Plotlands Archive website presents a searchable database of photographs of unconventional houses and chalets and their vernacular construction methods originally built during the interwar period and those which have since been adapted and modified. The archive is a celebration of resourcefulness, recording unique materials and designs largely unseen within urban housing developments. The database provides searchable keyword access to houses by location, material and construction type - each returning a unique, screen-based typology.
CitationDaly, T (2022). The Plotlands Archive: Visualising a personal image archive with open-source Piwigo. (In)Tangible Heritage(s) conference, 15th-17th June 2022, AMPS/ University of Kent, Canterbury, United Kingdom.
PublisherArchitecture Media Politics Society
DescriptionRelated outputs to this work and the Plotlands Archive on ChesterRep can be accessed via: http://hdl.handle.net/10034/624479 and http://hdl.handle.net/10034/626994
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