Digital Humanities Consulting

From databases of thousands of artworks, to collections of millions of images, to immense corpuses of ancient texts, the Humanities continue to generate larger, richer, more-complex datasets. Scholars, researchers, universities and libraries are increasingly turning to high-tech tools like data mining, neural networks, and machine vision to help them understand and work with these massive new sources of data. When these digital tools come together with traditional methods of humanistic inquiry, new insights, ideas and discoveries are made possible.

What We Do

Gado Images works with universities, libraries, museums, arts organizations and other institutions to provide strategic guidance on Digital Humanities initiatives, manage Digital Humanities projects, and build innovative tools to gather, process and understand massive Humanities datasets.

Digital Systems

Gado Images leverages expertise in machine vision, natural language processing, data mining, neural networks and more to build high-tech digital systems for our clients. Our past projects have included mapping early 20th century African-American social networks using data from news photographs, creating an innovative system for streaming oral history recordings and transcripts, and working with Johns Hopkins University to automatically integrate thousands of historical audio recordings with the Lester Levy Collection of Early American Sheet Music.

Gado Images can work with your organization to solve your most challenging Digital Humanities problems.

Collections Enhancement

Many digital Humanities collections contain incorrect or incomplete data, digital files in outdated legacy formats, and other issues which impede scholarship. And even newly-created collections can benefit from standardization and the creation of links to other sources of valuable data.

Gado Images works with our clients to improve the quality of their collections’ data and digital files, to access and standardize data in legacy systems, and to integrate data from outside sources. Our past work includes extracting thousands of records from a legacy PastPerfect system to create new Dublin Core compatible metadata, linking large lists of names to MARC records, and extracting more than 20,000 high resolution images from a collection of PDF scans.

Process Design and Training

Gado Images specializes in designing custom processes and workflows for large-scale digitization, annotation, digital image editing, tagging, and image publication. We can work with your organization to design and implement processes which advance your digitization and image processing goals.

In addition, Gado Images provides training services, including development of custom curricula to train employees in your organization’s unique Digital Humanities processes.

Digital Asset Processing

Many organizations undertake digitization projects intended to generate images for scholarly use, but later find that they also wish to license the images commercially. Digital assets–including images and metadata–created for one purpose, however, are often not well suited for other uses.

Gado Images specializes in processing digital assets to allow for usage in multiple contexts. An example past project involved processing a large collection of Public Domain photographs to transform high-resolution TIFFS with color targets and other scholarly features into edited, tagged and annotated collections suitable for commercial licensing. A similar past project involved extracting commercial metadata from a collection and providing it in a Dublin Core compatible format.