Saturday & Sunday: Gathering Info and Links

Hope you all enjoyed Friday’s Welcome Party at the Walker. It looked like everyone was having fun socializing and checking out the art on display! Good to see. In this post I’ll summarize by offering some interesting anecdotes and links that speakers/presenters shared on both Saturday and Sunday.


Case Studies IV

a) The Orang Asli Archives — Visual Resources & Geo-Tagging (Rodney Obien and Kara Young, Wallace E. Mason Library of Keene State College)

KDig, an online institutional repository used for images of the Orang Asli people (an indigenous population in Peninsular Malaysia). This project was initiated with the encouragement of Rosemary Gianno, Professor of Anthropology at the College:

Image Maps, a tool they used to create maps which users can click on and retrieve photos from geographic areas of interest:

Phoenix Image Editor, a free online resource they used to touch up photos in the Orang Asli Archives:

b) Image Discovery Week — A Holistic Approach to Marketing Image Resources (Barbara Brenny, North Carolina State University)

Image Discovery Week, description of event, Fall 2010 (educating campus population about wealth of digital images online):

c) From Filing Cabinet to iPhone — How Collaboration and Technology Can Introduce Photo Collections to New Audiences (Deborah Boyer, Azavea)

Boyer related that the Philadelphia City Archives has approximately two million uncataloged photographs stored in archival boxes. There are ongoing efforts to digitize and preserve these photos. Additionally, institutions such as the Philadelphia Water Department and the Athenaeum of Philadelphia, a “member supported, not-for-profit, special collections library founded in 1814”, contributed images. The resulting website,, allows for photo searching via both thumbnail and map views. The website has 13,000 unique visitors a month, and these visitors often submit error reports about incorrect metadata associated with the photos. Boyer mentioned that the public is correct “about 93% of the time”.

Engaging New Technologies

The presenters put together a very comprehensive site describing numerous relevant technologies for libraries. Link:

Thinkpedia, a site that gets semantic info from Wikipedia articles and creates visual interpretations:

Freebase, a site that seeks to create meaningful content while containing disparate subjects:

The LOCAH Project, which seeks to “put archival and bibliographic data at the heart of the Linked Data Web, enabling new links to be made between diverse content sources and enabling the free and flexible exploration of data so that researchers can make new connections between subjects, people, organisations and places to reveal more about our history and society”.

Diaspora – maybe the next Facebook? It allows your content to be located on a free personal web server or “pod”:

LibAnywhere, a mobile phone app that allows you to have access to the online catalogs of participating libraries:

WorldCat mobile:

EBSCOhost mobile:

Onehub, for online collaboration & project managing:


More Than Meets the Eye? Retrieving Art Images by Subject

a) Patricia Harpring (Getty Vocabulary Program)

Cultural Objects Name Authority (CONA), a new vocabulary in development. Compliant with Categories for the Description of Works of Art (CDWA) & Cataloging Cultural Objects (CCO). Scheduled to be introduced in early 2012, CONA will grow through user community contributions:

b) Hans Brandhorst (Iconclass)

Arkyves, an inexpensive, subscription-based resource “dedicated to images and to the study of their meaning. It is a storehouse of pictures and texts, but also provides you with research tools you may need when studying them, or when discussing your finds with students or colleagues”. Users can add annotations and comments and publish their own image catalogues:

Again, I’d like to thank Bryan Loar and the rest of the ArLiSNAP team for handing the blogging reins to me for this Conference! Safe travels to everyone who has already departed. And for those of you still in Minneapolis, enjoy the rest of your stay.

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