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Digitizing

May 29 2008 | no comments | By

I’m back in Austin and I’ve started doing some digitization. Early this morning I had an appointment with the UT Library Digitization services and they digitized three of the large laminated photo collages for me. I’m really excited about those (and not only because I’m in one of them). My plan is to put up the entire image, but also break them up into smaller sections and place them on Flickr. Hopefully we’ll be able to find out some of the people that we don’t know.

Now I’m in the Lab digitizing some video. Two of the videos contained the same content from the Food Network, but the other one was a home movie from the early 90s that someone took while waiting online for a snoball one day.

I still need to come up with a naming schema. I hope to figure one out before next week when I start scanning the photos at the store (good thing my color bars from Amazon.com came in yesterday).

Prep-week update

May 24 2008 | no comments | By

This has been a busy first full week on this project. I spent most of it doing prep work so that once I get started, everything will run smoothly.

I have met with archivists from Loyola, Tulane, and Historic New Orleans to see if they are interested in the collection and if the collection would be a good fit. I hope to have the archivists from Loyola and HNO come look at what we have before making a recommendation to Ashley.

Ashley and I also met with a graphic designer to talk about logos, design, and branding. She’s going to take a look at the website design, so I hope that she has some good suggestions for me soon.

I also spent a lot of time setting up things so that I can start really working on stuff. I helped Ashley purchase equipment both for the shop and for this project and then set it all up so that it works on both of our computers (we both use Macs, which makes everything really easy).

Young Ashley making a Sno-BlizAs part of testing some of the new equipment, I scanned my first photo for this project. This is a very young Ashley making a snoball with her grandmother Mary and father Jerry watching. The color is somewhat off. I ordered a set of color bars from Adorama.com, but they won’t come in until next week. I may rescan the photo after they come in.

I am currently in the process of setting up the backend of the website. Furthermore, I started a Flickr account and a Hansen’s Sno-Bliz Flickr Group, which already has a few members. I’ve added a widget to this blog to display random photos from the group.

I have also started thinking about metadata and file naming conventions for the online exhibit.

The next step is to start going through the collection and select fun things to digitize.

Capstone thoughts

May 15 2008 | no comments | By

I will be heading to New Orleans next week to get officially started on my Capstone. During this time I hope to meet with people from the archives I’ve been in contact with, meet with the graphic designer to help design the look of the web pages, figure out the web hosting for snobliz.com, and pick out items for the prototype online exhibit.

For the online exhibit, I talked with Fac. Advisor the other day about a scope for the prototype and this is what we agreed on (all numbers are approximate:

  • A variety of 50 images including (but not limited to)
    • A few celebrity photos
    • One or two transparencies of cup designs
    • A few photos from Post-hurricanes
    • Some from of the store itself
    • Regular customers in the shop
  • One or two oversized laminated collages
  • 10 old newspaper articles
  • A small sample of audio and visual material (amount depends on length)
  • A few QuickTime VR shots (one of interior of store, maybe one of flavor bottle)

I’m really excited about this project. I need to figure out how to acquire a set of color bars for scanning purposes and a tripod attachment for QTVR shots.

Now Open

May 12 2008 | no comments | By

Hansen’s Sno-Bliz is now open for the summer.

Currently the hours are Tuesday-Sunday 1pm-7pm.

See you there!

Nectar Cream Video

Apr 06 2008 | no comments | By

I was browsing the internet for Hansen’s Sno-Bliz and I found this really touching video by Derek Toten from the Digital Storytelling Workshop hosted by Tulane Universiy, March 17-19, 2008.

Archives

Feb 10 2008 | no comments | By

I’m looking into archives in which we can donate a large portion of the memorabilia that has been collected at Hansen’s Sno-Bliz over its 70 years of business. I’ve narrowed it down to two places: the Special Collections at Tulane Libraryand the Historic New Orleans Collection. From what I can tell, both collections are interested in New OrleansĀ Cuisine and I don’t think you can get much more New Orleans than Hansen’s. The next step is to contact the curators and see which one is more interested.

First site post

Jan 17 2008 | no comments | By

Hello World!

It’s our first news post from our blog. We’re going to try to use this blog to provide news about goings on at Hansen’s, links to news articles about the business, interesting additions to the archive, etc.

Our webmaster, Allison, is also going to be using this space as part of a Capstone experience for the School of Information at the University of Texas Austin. The goal of the Capstone is two fold: 1. Create a website for Hansen’s Sno-Bliz and 2. Create a prototype of an online exhibit of Hansen’s Sno-Bliz memorabilia. The second part of this project is going to be the more extensive and difficult part, but hopefully the end will be rewarding.

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