Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Now Available in ARTstor...

ARTstor has announced newly available images in its digital library.  From the ARTstor news release:
    Art and architecture from pilgrimage routes to Santiago de Compostela photographed by William Keighley (The Metropolitan Museum of Art)
    ARTstor is collaborating with The Metropolitan Museum of Art to make available approximately 900 images of art and architecture from pilgrimage routes to Santiago de Compostela photographed by William Keighley.  Learn more 
      Additional plans of Ancient and Medieval buildings and archaeological sites from Bryn Mawr College
      The final set of images depicting plans of archaeological sites and architectural monuments contributed by Bryn Mawr College are now available in the Digital Library, bringing the collection total to nearly 8,000 images.  Learn more 
        Architecture by Le Corbusier
        ARTstor has collaborated with the School of Architecture, Faculty of Architecture and Planning at Dalhousie University to make available approximately 250 images of architecture by Le Corbusier in the Digital Library. Learn more 
          Photographs of art, architecture, and culture in Southeast Asia and Morocco
          ARTstor has collaborated with Barbara Anello to make available 750 images of the architecture, arts, and culture of Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, and Morocco in the Digital Library. Learn more

          Thursday, March 25, 2010

          National Archives UK Joins the Commons at Flickr

          Flickr welcomed the National Archives UK to The Commons yesterday.  As the UK government's official archive, they cover "over 900 years of history with records ranging from parchment and paper scrolls through to digital files and archived websites."  They have selected images they feel represent the broad range of over 10 million documents, maps, photographs, and artwork.

          What can you find in the National Archives UK Flickr site?  While relatively small, it's an eclectic and intriguing range of materials.  There's a set of photographs taken in the Sudan and Egypt on an expedition for the relief of Khartoum by Anglo-Italian photographer Felice Beato (1832-1909).  There are two groups containing a smattering of nineteenth and twentieth century photographs.  Other groups include Artwork and Illuminations, Historic Documents, Seals and Artifacts, and Maps and Plans.  As with all content in The Commons, there are no known copyright restrictions.

          See the National Archives UK Web site for more information about their vast holdings.

          Image: Wall to Wall Crystal Palace, 1850/1, from Flickr, no known copyright restrictions.

          Monday, March 22, 2010

          Visual Resources Assocation, Atlanta 2010

          Just back from the 28th Annual Conference of the Visual Resources Association, held in Atlanta.  I attended many inspiring and thought-provoking sessions on topics such as social networking, metadata, new technologies, instruction, and more.  Plenary speakers Peter Brantley and Jason Roy both discussed the new roles that visual resources departments and libraries can play in the changing technology landscape.  As always, this conference offers a compelling vision of future trends and possibilities, with practical guidance for our operations today.  I wouldn't miss it!

          Anyone involved with creating, managing, and/or delivering images and other visual resources should be familiar with the Visual Resources Association (VRA) -- it is a truly amazing organization made up of incredibly knowledgeable and generous members who freely share resources and information about images with each other and with affiliated groups.  I really can't say enough about this group -- it has been my professional lifeline for over ten years now.

          Thursday, March 11, 2010

          VRC Training Available in Digital Imaging

          Are you confused by DPI and PPI?  Are you unsure about the best file format and size for images you need for a particular purpose?  Have you taught yourself how to edit your images in Photoshop, but feel like you could use some guidance to get more out the tools?  Well, if you are an Art and Art History student or faculty member, you are in luck.  Lia Pileggi, our Digital Imaging and Technology Coordinator, is available by appointment Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., to help you with your digital imaging project.  Whether you are preparing a digital image presentation for a class, archiving a portfolio of your creative work, or applying for grants or scholarships, Lia will help you make your images look their best.  Lia is a great teacher -- she is clear, concise, and patient, and will work with you at whatever level you need.  Everyone will also agree that she also happens to be super cool.

          Remember that the VRC houses community imaging stations featuring:
          • New 24" iMac desktop computers
          • Adobe Creative Suite 4 Production Premium (Photoshop Extended, Illustrator, Flash Professional, After Effects, Premiere Pro, Soundbooth, OnLocation,  Encore, and Bridge)
          • Neutral gray walls (RGB-balanced) behind monitors for optimal color management
          • Daylight balanced lighting (5000K) for optimal color management
          • Regularly color-calibrated monitors
          • Easy-to-use Vuescan software
           For more information contact Lia at 303-735-1640, or Lia.Pileggi@colorado.edu.

          Tuesday, March 9, 2010

          Free Sites for Sharing Very Large Files

          Have you ever been stumped on how to share a very large file, such as a video?  Over at CNET, Josh Lowensohn has posted a very useful entry on paid and free services that allow you to share very large files with colleagues, friends, and family.

          Lowensohn provides a list divided into free and paid services, along with a brief overview of the features that each one offers.  The "Which one to use?" section helps you assess whether a free service will meet your needs.

          Image: nouQraz, Laptop Orchestra @ Wired Nextfest 2006, 2006.  From Flickr, some rights reserved under an Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 2.0 Generic Creative Commons license

          Tuesday, March 2, 2010

          Clever Music Video Inspired by Art History

          Art history fans should take a few minutes to watch this music video for the song "70 Million," by the band Hold Your Horses!  It's a creative and fun tribute to the canon of Western art.  I love the low budg sets, which are actually quite effective (good lighting always helps).  While it's hard to pick, I think my favorite is the nod to Gabrielle d'EstrĂ©es and One of Her Sisters.

          Monday, March 1, 2010

          14 Tools to Teach about Creative Commons

          Creative Commons licenses facilitate access to all kinds of media works for use in creative and scholarly pursuits, but they also provide individuals who create works (whether text, image, sound, or video-based) more flexibility in how they wish to share these works with others.  With the growing prevalence of digital media, copyright ethics is an increasingly important matter for creators, users, and educators to understand and appreciate.  Over at the The Clever Sheep, Rodd Lucier has shared 14 Tools to Teach about Creative Commons.   The sections are Creative Commons Toolkits, Great Places to Host and License Your Creative Work, Video Explanations of The Creative Commons, Creative Commons Audio Sources, My Favourite Open Source Projects, Slideshow Explanations for Education, Creative Commons Social Networks, and Late Additions.

          Under late additions, the presentation Creative Commons: What every Educator needs to know is particularly useful to anyone involved in instruction, asking questions such as "How do we model academic integrity?" and "How can we teach 'creative integrity'?"

          Via the always informative Ellyssa Kroski at iLibrarian.

          Image: Temari 09, Learning time, 2009. From Flickr, some rights reserved under an Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 2.0 Generic Creative Commons license.