Tales of a Tool Encounter: Exploring Video Annotation for Doing Media History

Susan Aasman*, Liliana Melgar Estrada, Tom Slootweg, Rob Wegter

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    This article explores the affordances and functionalities of the Dutch CLARIAH research infrastructure – and the integrated video annotation tool – for doing media historical research with digitised audiovisual sources from television archives. The growing importance of digital research infrastructures, archives and tools, has enticed media historians to rethink their research practices more and more in terms of methodological transparency, tool criticism and reflection. Moreover, also questions related to the heuristics and hermeneutics of our scholarly work need to be reconsidered. The article hence sketches the role of digital research infrastructures for the humanities (in the Netherlands), and the use of video annotation in media studies and other research domains. By doing so, the authors reflect on their own specific engagements with the CLARIAH infrastructure and its tools, both as media historians and co-developers. This dual position greatly determines the possibilities and constraints for the various modes of digital scholarship relevant to media history.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)73-87
    Number of pages15
    JournalVIEW, Journal of European Television History and Culture
    Issue number14
    Publication statusPublished - 31-Dec-2018


    • digital humanities
    • research infrastructures
    • digital tool criticism
    • video annotation
    • documentary history


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