Annotating Images with a Smartphone App

Stephanie Gowler, Susan Russick

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The smartphone/tablet app Notability was used to facilitate documentation and labeling during a large-scale paintings collection survey. Each painting was photographed with the smartphone/tablet camera, imported into Notability, and annotated with a color-coded key to indicate major types and levels of damage. These annotated images were then incorporated into an existing documentation database. Print-outs of the annotated images were attached to wrapped paintings as caution labels, alerting anyone handling the paintings to the most vulnerable areas. This proved to be an efficient way to create on-the-fly condition notes and produce a quick visual reference for future conservators. This method could easily be adapted for triage in disaster response situations, large-scale surveys across multiple storage locations, or anytime there is a need for labels cautioning handlers about an object’s condition.

Also presented it at STASH Flash, AIC Annual Meeting in Miami, May 2015.
Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalStorage Techniques for Art Science & History Collections
StatePublished - 2016


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