Principal Investigator: Jessica DeSpain, Southern Illinois University--Edwardsville
Historically, digital archives have focused on textual comparison. The frequent inclusion of images in these archives necessitates the same options for images. The Image Comparison Tool Project sought to explore the creation of open-source software that lets users drag and drop images from across a digital archive’s holdings into a central canvas. From there, users can juxtapose, zoom, and compare data. The Wide, Wide World Digital Archive, which brings together the variant editions of Susan Warner’s novel,The Wide, Wide World, was an initial test bed for the tool because the archive concentrates on how publishers adapt texts by adding covers, illustrations, and ads.