Pliny as an annotation tool for images

John Bradley, Senior Analyst for Humanities Computing at King’s College, London, visited the University of Illinois’ Graduate School of Library and Information Science on July 20 and 21 to discuss, share, and demonstrate Pliny—a free, publicly available, open source software for note-taking and annotation of both digital and non-digital materials.  Below is a screenshot illustrating how Pliny can be used to annotate a digital image.  You can find instructions for downloading and installing Pliny here.

The image is the frontispiece of Giambattista Vico’s Scienza Nuova, and Vico points out in his introduction that the image can be interpreted as an allegory of the topics he covers in his text.  In our figure the user has used Pliny to label parts of the image that refer to several of those topics, and has also included a couple of comments about the significance of this image for his/her own study.”

(Image and quotation from Bradley, John. Pliny: A model for digital support of scholarship. Journal of Digital Information, Vol 9, No 1, 2008)

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