dusktreader knits

March 19, 2010

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  1. What if you knit an elephant? Maybe your prof would be more receptive to archiving pieces then.

    I love the idea of embedding metadata into your knitting. It would be really lovely to learn some codes and be able read your knitting. You could put in how you made it (all that needle stuff), but also who you made it for, what time of year it was when you started it… all kinds of things. Though I suppose eventually that would take over the pattern.

    I don’t know why, but I’m really focused on how useful it would be for when/if you’re blind and old and in the mood for reminiscing about particular knitting pieces. You’d have your own knitting braille!

    In conclusion, maybe I don’t get metadata.

    Comment by cousin megan — March 20, 2010 @ 12:46 am

  2. Well, it depends what kind of fonds it is and provenance the knitted items have. Personally (and professionally) I wouldn’t separate the knitted material because of provenancial reasons; it does a researcher more benefit to have the material all together, material of all media, be it textual, AV and 3D material and more. I certainly did that when I was an archivist, and ensured the description and FA contained appropriate descriptions. When I was at LAC, I described a tea set in a fonds, ‘cuz that’s where it belonged. (I don’t know if they would keep the artifact there now, from a policy perspective, but I would. 🙂

    I’m an information architect now so now it’s just my job to make sure the stuff is organized and accessible. But my foundation as an archivist was definitely amazing training as an IA.

    (And as an aside, I too do *tons and tons* of training about what a) metadata is; b) what IA is; c) what IM is. And I rarely say “data about data;” these days it’s always “tagging.” ‘Cuz that’s what it is.

    Cheers,
    /ka

    Comment by kris a. — March 21, 2010 @ 7:24 pm


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