The Definition of a Conceptual Information Map for the Management of the Digital Photographic Archive


  • David Iglésias Franch


conceptual information map, archives,


Numerical images talk by themselves, since they contain both the information of every single pixel in the image and the information that allows the interpretation of their totality in different devices: a camera, a screen, or a printer. There is no need for intermediaries apart from the ones that their digital nature imposes: hardware, software, technical specifications, etc. The rules that ensure the communication and the interrelation between all the actors that take part in this scenario are already known by all of them, and therefore, they constitute a solid although changing reality. This technological context that allows to visualize, to edit, or to print images does not seem to have defined boundaries. Any added functionality can be integrated in a digital object, not only without modifying its photographic essence, but also increasing its potential uses. This functional extendibility represents a fertile land for many disciplines, such as Archiving and Documentation among others.

Author Biography

David Iglésias Franch

David Iglésias Franch has held the position of archival technician at the Centre for Image Research and Diffusion (CRDI), from Girona City Council, since 2000. He is an author and contributor of publications and exhibitions commissioner about photography and has conducted training on management of photographic collections and related fields in Spain. In recent years, he has focused his research on digital images, a subject on which he has published several articles and the book La fotografía digital en los archivos. Qué es y cómo se trata (2008). He is the coordinator of the Working Group in Photographic and Audiovisual Archives of the International Council on archives (ICA).




How to Cite

Iglésias Franch, D. (2015). The Definition of a Conceptual Information Map for the Management of the Digital Photographic Archive. Uncommon Culture, 5(9/10), 31–44. Retrieved from



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