Scout Patches with Omeka


In the fall of 2014 I enrolled in a class at Kent State titled Digital Image and Collection Management. Our final project for this course was to digitize ten images or objects and add them to an Omeka collection. We needed to make sure the ten items were of a common theme, and provide the technical and descriptive metadata for the project. Each image submitted to the professor required an original untouched master image, a corrected master image, an access copy (found on the Omeka site), and a document detailing the descriptive metadata of each image.

For my project, I chose to scan in Boy Scout council strips that were used at the 2001 National Boy Scout Jamboree. Council strips are worn on the uniform of every scout, and reflect which regional council the scouts belong to. At the National Jamboree, patch trading is a major pastime for many scouts. They bring extras of their local patches and trade them for patches belonging to scouts from around the country, and in some cases from around the world. I sorted through my collection to find ten council strips from my trip to this event that I felt would work for this project.

After scanning the images, I used Photoshop to correct any errors in the images, and saved the corrected master in the TIFF format. The image size was adjusted and an access copy was saved in JPG. Once the images were prepared, they were uploaded to an Omeka site, and the technical metadata was completed using Dublin Core.

To see the completed project, please follow this link.

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