Basque Photo Archive
conjunction with the Basque Government of Euskadi, NABO is
participating in the creation of a Basque photo archive and is seeking
the collaboration of contributors. The goal is to create a comprehensive
photo archive of the Basque Diaspora.
PHOTOGRAPH ARCHIVE PROJECT OVERVIEW
1.- The “photograph archive” is one of the projects in the overall
RECUPERATION OF HISTORIC MEMORY program.
To collect and digitize images associated with the euskal etxeak
To post the digital archive on the Internet allowing for global access
Preservation of original images
Transfer of rights
Extensive and varied themes
2.- Quantitative goal: 50,000 photographs in the period from 2008-2011.
Redefine the annual goal
3.- Collection of topics:
3.1 Any photograph relating to Basques around the world; it would be
better to take a non-restrictive approach to classification. It is
also in our interest to include as broad a spectrum as possible in
terms of subject matter, including an “OTHERS” category at the end.
3.2 Sample of topics to encourage people to contribute:
Photographs of buildings:
1.- Basque Center buildings
2.- Basque Center interiors
3.- Objects: paintings, images, etc.
4.- Other Basque style buildings.
5.- Fronton courts
7.- Basque companies
Photographs of people:
9.- Presidents of Basque Centers
10- Boards of Directors
11.- Dance groups
12- Individual danzaris
13- Basque personalities or relevant figures of Basque descent:
politicians, business people, artists, missionaries, etc.
14- Pelotaris and other sports figures.
17.- Music groups
18.- Young people from the Gaztemundu program
Photographs of Basque symbols:
21.- Paintings and sculptures
22.- Images of t-shirts
23.- Basque dresses and berets
24.- Tablecloths, napkins, handkerchiefs, etc.
29.- Cars or busses with ikurriñas or Basque names, such as “Transportes
31.- Basque signs
Activities and celebrations:
33.- Basque Week
36.- Festival programs
37.- Specific festivals: Aberri Eguna, San Ignacio, etc.
38.- Specific programs: Basque community gatherings, pelota games, etc.
39.- Food related activities
41.- Training courses
43.- Dance and choir events
44.- Basque centre activities and/or centre directors at other
46.- Euskera classes
47.- Children’s festivities
48.- Euskal Etxea social activities
49.- Social activities among Basques not belonging to Basque centers:
nuns, priests, etc.
6.1 Any photograph of a Basque-related theme.
6.2 Specific non-exclusive technical requirements can also be defined.
(Some of the photographs will be posted on the website by a designated
person from the Basque Center; however, there may be photographs posted
by individuals under their own responsibility.
6.3 The matter of intellectual property: photographs will be the
property of the people who contribute them, never the Basque Government.
The first step will be to collect photos that only exist on paper, in
negatives or slides, converting them to digital files.
The digitizing process can be done in two ways:
scanning the images according the following minimum criteria:
resolution: 200 dots per inch (dpi)
100% for paper (original size);
400% for negatives or slides (equivalent to a resolution of 800 dpi at
file format: uncompressed TIF or JPG at 85%
using a digital camera, i.e., taking digital pictures of the
original paper images. This method is not valid for negatives or slides
but since the percentage of images in these formats is limited, it is
the best option for euskal etxeak with less resources, since the
technology complications are reduced to a minimum.
images in possession of the Basque Government are already being
digitized. The second step will be to collect photographs taken
more recently in digital format.
Cataloging of digital photographs will be carried out by personnel in
charge of managing the portal, based on the information provided for
each image by the submitter and according to the criteria listed below.
A special form will be provided for the euskal etxeak to fill in for the
images they submit.
digital photograph files will be catalogued based on the following
Basque center and details of person submitting the photograph
date: day, month and year the image was sent
date: day, month and year of the image
Geographic location the picture was taken (country, province or state,
city and specific place)
appearing in picture (full names)
Description of event of activity captured in the photograph
the information may not be available. However, all attempts should be
made to provide as much information as possible so that the search
engine is rendered as effective as possible. (See Annex I below)
Contribution from Basque centers
photographs provided by members of Basque communities shall fulfill the
digitizing and cataloging criteria listed above. They should should be a
maximum of 5Mb and have a maximum resolution of 5 megapixels.
Contributions can be sent as follows:
Members can send files in digital form on a CD or any other magnetic
storage media to the corresponding Basque center or federation, or
directly to the Basque Government to be included in the Basque Diaspora
Digital Photograph Archive. This is the best option for large volumes of
photographs. Each picture shall be accompanied by a datasheet containing
the information listed in the section on cataloging.
Alternatively, a space will be provided at euskaletxeak.net, where each
image can be uploaded and a factsheet with the cataloging information
mentioned in phase 2 completed online.
All of the photographs submitted via any of these methods will be
validated and shown on the website. A search engine will be designed
based on the cataloging system.
Helping to coordinate this project is Mr. Martin who you can reach at:
34 945 018140