Thursday, December 15, 2011
Friday, October 21, 2011
Monday, October 10, 2011
We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately. Benjamin Franklin
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Thursday, August 25, 2011
Monday, August 22, 2011
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
BPOC Express: Shared Digital Asset Management in a private cloud in under 6 months.
Check out the great work Balboa Park in San Diego has done in developing a collaborative DAM in this write up which they did.
BPOC Express: Shared Digital Asset Management in a private cloud in under 6 months | Balboa Park:
Monday, August 1, 2011
Preserving One Copy of Every Book Ever Published - YouTube
Monday, July 11, 2011
The VRA's embedded Metadata Working Group has created a VRA metadata panel for Adobe's products, which uses the VRA core metadata structure, a similar though more complex than Dublin Core structure.
The IPTC Photo Metadata Working Group has issued a Manifesto encouraging this effort in May 2011.
Photographers, film makers, videographers, illustrators, publishers, advertisers, designers, art directors, picture editors, librarians and curators all share the same problem: struggling to track rapidly expanding collections of digital media assets such as photos and video/film clips.
With that in mind we propose five guiding principles as our "Embedded Metadata Manifesto":
1. Metadata is essential to describe, identify and track digital media and should be applied to all media items which are exchanged as files or by other means such as data streams.
2. Media file formats should provide the means to embed metadata in ways that can be read and handled by different software systems.
3. Metadata fields, their semantics (including labels on the user interface) and values, should not be changed across metadata formats.
4. Copyright management information metadata must never be removed from the files.
5. Other metadata should only be removed from files by agreement with their copyright holders.
Check out these two sites to learn more.
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Brand new: the CEPIC/IPTC Image Metadata Handbook with comprehensive
guidelines for metadata management.
Embedded Metadata Manifesto (2011)
How metadata should be embedded and preserved in digital media files
The Manifesto was issued by the IPTC Photo Metadata Working Group in May
Photographers, film makers, videographers, illustrators, publishers,
advertisers, designers, art directors, picture editors, librarians and
curators all share the same problem: struggling to track rapidly expanding
collections of digital media assets such as photos and video/film clips.
National Gallery of Art
for this information
Monday, April 25, 2011
- DAM Foundation (LinkedIn): http://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=1952873
- a cross-disciplinary, professional organization, devoted to standardizing and making sense of the world of DAM which would be useful to join and follow. I recently created the DAM List (links below) which is a community contributed list of technical specs on DAM products (which are actually tough to get without jumping through vendor hoops).
- The Real Story Group (leading content technology analyst group): http://www.realstorygroup.com/
- Digital Asset Management (industry Blog): http://digitalassetmanagement.org.uk/
- Createasphere (DAM Conference Series): http://createasphere.com/En/explore-expos-conferences.html
- Henry Stewart - Digital Asset Management Conference Series: http://www.hsconferences.com/dam.aspx
- Early and Associates: http://www.earley.com/
- AIIM: http://www.aiim.org/
- The DAM List (Product Tech Specs): http://lealaabbott.com/wp/archives/423
Saturday, April 9, 2011
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
On March 23, 2011, Robert Darnton published an opinion article in the New York Times calling for “a Digital Library Better Than Google’s”—a noncommercial digital public library. Subsequently, on April 3, 2011, the New York Times published an article that discusses the ruling, the ruling’s implications for creating a digital public library, and plans achieving that goal. Whether the Google project will eventually succeed or whether it will be superseded by a noncommercial digital public library such as the proposed Digital Public Library of America, or whether another solution will emerge remains to be seen.
This recent development reminds me of the ongoing copyright and ownership issues pertaining to digital images. These thorny issues swirl around the right to publish and to use digital images in untold ways including in education and as the basis for the creation of new works. We are fortunate to have access to many useful and reputable sites to help navigate these concerns. A particularly useful and interesting site which includes historical as well as current links has been newly updated by Christine L. Sundt. You might want to check it out.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
His group Ontology2, has created the Ookaboo website, which contains digital images that they claim are either in the public domain and or under Creative Commons licensing terms. It appears to be a collection of harvested images from the web, in particular Wikimedia, where people place images that they wish to share with the world, so the free access is probably correct.
The interesting part to me, and I think to many of you, is how they are indexing the images , which is by means of the semantic web.
Here is their description of what that means.
Images on Ookaboo are indexed by terms from the semantic web, the web of linked data. Although you're free to find images through the human interface, automated systems can quickly find and use images through the semantic API.
Ookaboo has two goals: (i) to dramatically improve the state of the art in image search for both humans and machines, and (ii) to construct a knowledge base about the world that people live in that can be used to help information systems better understand us.
Semantic Web, Linked Data
In the semantic web, we replace the imprecise words that we use everyday with precise terms defined by URLs. This is linked data because it creates a universal shared vocabulary.
For an example, in conventional image search, a person might use the word "jaguar" to search for
• the animal
• the automobile brand
• the Jacksonville Jaguars (NFL team)
• the game console from Atari
• ... and nearly 30 other things that are listed in Wikipedia.
Note in the cases above, there are pages in Wikipedia about each of the topics above: it's reasonable, therefore, that we could use these URLs as a shared vocabulary for referring to these things. However, we get some benefits when we use URLs that are linked to machine-readable pages, such as http://dbpedia.org/resource/Jaguar, or http://rdf.freebase.com/rdf/biology.itis.180593
Pages on Ookaboo are marked up with RDFa, a standard that lets semantic web tools extract machine readable information from the same pages that people view.
Named entitiesThe above information is from their About us page, which I highly recommend you check out.
Ookaboo is oriented around named entities, particularly 'concrete' things such as places, people and creative works. With current technology, it's more practical to create a taxonomy of things like "Manhattan", "Isaac Asimov" and "The Catcher In the Rye" than it is to tackle topics like "eating", "digestion" and "love". We believe that a comprehensive exploration of named entities will open pathways to an understanding of other terms, and hope to extend Ookaboo's capabilities as technology advances.
Oh and yes their images are pretty good too, especially for those interested in buildings. and other "concrete" things.
Saturday, February 19, 2011
The first academic lantern slide collections in the United States date from the 1880’s. Seventy years later by the 1950’s, the newer 35mm film format (including Kodak’s Kodachrome) was being quickly adopted by younger faculty members while the older generation mourned the loss of the larger format. For almost fifty years technology changed quite slowly for academic image collections. Then in 2004 two significant events occurred: 1) the Andrew Mellon Foundation announced that the ARTstor image database was available for licensing by nonprofit institutions and 2) Kodak discontinued the manufacturing of its 35mm carousel projectors and carousels. As a consequence American academics—again, particularly the younger faculty—realized the urgent need to switch from the use of analog, film based slides to digital images in their teaching. Of course, slide libraries are themselves now an endangered species. Many have been shuttered or eliminated; most are no longer actively used or maintained. Licensed content along with locally produced and maintained institutional digital image repositories have taken their place; Internet resources including Flickr, Wikipedia, and Google Images as well as personally scanned or digitally photographed images are often the resource of choice for imagery used in the humanities. Digital images are downloaded and stored on computers and iPods; they are incorporated into PowerPoint presentations; they are posted on course management sites such as BlackBoard; they can be manipulated and shared at will.
Shortly after the news about the demise of Kodachrome film, came Google’s announcement about their newest foray into the world of images. The Art Project (http://www.googleartproject.com/) is a collaborative effort between Google and a number of prestigious art museums to make high resolution digital images of important and popular works of art globally available using broad array of Google technologies. The ability to zoom into and out of the images, to walk through the galleries where they are housed, to hear or read a description of each work, to be transported to the birth location of the artist, and to share them with friends and colleagues is unprecedented. Information about this project is even available via YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/googleartproject) making it yet easier to access and use this technology. While this project currently only contains 1,000 of the most iconic images from seventeen museums, it will certainly quickly grow in all dimensions.
So, out with the old and in with the new. Kodachrome film lasted forty six years. Will ARTstor or the Google Art Project be viable for as long? What is the next innovation in store for this generation of academics, when will it come, and what are the implications?
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
If your library is awarded this LSTA grant, it will receive funding to scan 200 items, as well as free training on copyright, metadata, and CONTENTdm. Your images will have great visibility when made freely available on the Online Archive of California and Calisphere. And your community will value the service they provide in collecting and preserving its history!
The LHDRP application process is short and painless. Just tell us what you want to digitize and its relevance to California history.
The application materials for LHDRP 2011-12 is available on the CSL LSTA application page: http://www.library.ca.gov/
You may find a flyer here http://www.cdlib.org/services/
Thank you for your time and assistance in promoting this grant.
Monday, January 3, 2011
Embedded Metadata News