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Tropy Experiental Lab Preparation & Response

In our first experiential practicum lab, we ask you to tinker with a very new research image management tool, Tropy, from our buddies at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media. As you will read in the tool's documentation, its designed to assist researchers with the arrangement, transcription, and description of their image-based research materials often derived from archival research trips or on occasions when you have a great deal of relatively unorganized, undescribed images.

You will need to bring to class on Thursday a collection of images (currently Tropy can only use JPG). Ideally, these images should be derived from or relevant to your own research and would benefit from transcription, arrangement, and/or metadata description. If you don't have enough relevant images we can rustle up some images from the Law Archives that would work for this lab.

We ask you to write a 600-word response describing your experience with this lab. This report should describe the documents you brought and describe how you used Tropy to arrange and describe them. Provide, as well, an evaluation of the tool including a description of its value generally to historical research and, specifically, for your project.