Virtual and Actual

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Virtual and Actual

  1. 1. Virtual and Actual:Collaborative Digitisation at the V&A<br />Douglas Dodds <br />March 2011<br />
  2. 2. Outline<br />The V&A<br />The Word & Image Department<br />Documentation Systems<br />Search the Collections<br />The Factory Digitisation Project<br />Related Digitisation Projects<br />Conclusions<br />2<br />
  3. 3. 3<br />The V&A<br />The UK’s national museum of art and design<br />2.7 million objects<br />4 main sites:<br />V&A at South Kensington<br />Museum of Childhood at Bethnal Green<br />Blythe House, Olympia<br />V&A website<br />Curatorial departments:<br />Asia<br />Childhood<br />Furniture, Textiles & Fashion<br />Sculpture, Metalwork, Ceramics & Glass<br />Theatre<br />Word & Image<br />
  4. 4. <ul><li>4</li></ul>The Word & Image Department<br />National Art Library<br />Prints, Drawings, Paintings and Photographs Collections<br />Archive of Art & Design<br />V&A Archive<br />2 million+ objects<br />3 study rooms<br />
  5. 5. National Art Library<br />
  6. 6. Prints and Drawings Study Room<br />
  7. 7. 20th Century Gallery, in the Library<br />7<br />
  8. 8. Artists’ books in the National Art Library<br />
  9. 9. V&A Documentation Systems<br />9<br />
  10. 10. V&A Digital Asset Management System<br />
  11. 11. V&A Website<br />
  12. 12. The William Morris Question<br />
  13. 13. Beyond the Silos of the LAMs: OCLC Report, 2008<br />13<br />
  14. 14. Beyond the Silos: V&A Attendees<br />Word & Image<br />Library<br />Archives<br />Prints, drawings and paintings<br />Other Collections Departments<br />Online Museum (V&A website)<br />Collections Documentation<br />Learning and Interpretation<br />
  15. 15. Beyond the Silos: V&A Outcomes<br />Enhancements to “Search the collections” <br />Extensive discussions about new V&A website<br />Greater focus on cataloguing<br />Collections digitisation working party established<br />New digitisation projects under way<br />Existing projects expanded <br />Greater involvement in strategic decision-making<br />15<br />
  16. 16. Search the Collections (Earlier Version)<br />
  17. 17. Search the Collections (Current Version)<br />17<br />
  18. 18. Search the Collections: Lightbox<br />18<br />
  19. 19. Search the Collections: Individual Record<br />19<br />
  20. 20. Search the Collections: Downloading<br />
  21. 21. Search the Collections: Downloading: the Small Print<br />
  22. 22. Search the Collections API<br />Application Programming Interface (API)<br />….<br />Everything the API knows about is searchable by keyword. Simply pass your query string to the search interface in the q GET parameter<br />http://www.vam.ac.uk/api/json/museumobject/search?q=wooden+door<br />Keyword searches in specific fields<br />You can filter your museum object search results by type, people, places. materials, techniques and categories<br />Object Type and Title<br />To find necklaces:<br />http://www.vam.ac.uk/api/json/museumobject/search?objectnamesearch=necklace<br />Or The Hay Wain:<br />http://www.vam.ac.uk/api/json/museumobject/search?objectnamesearch=hay+wain<br />People and Places<br />Search on a specific artist or maker:<br />http://www.vam.ac.uk/api/json/museumobject/search?namesearch=josiah+wedgwood<br />….<br />
  23. 23. Search the Collections on the iPhone<br />23<br />
  24. 24. Google Images<br />24<br />
  25. 25. FABRIC Project Prototype<br />25<br />(Image of Fabric prototype screen)<br />
  26. 26. The Factory Project<br />
  27. 27. The Word & Image “Factory” Project<br />Started in December 2007<br />Systematic digitisation and documentation of prints, drawings, paintings and photographs<br />Using high-res cameras and large format scanner<br />Also scanning & keying-in text from V&A publications & catalogue entries<br />27<br />
  28. 28. Factory Production Lines<br />Audit<br />Conservation and storage<br />Photography<br />Cataloguing<br />
  29. 29. Transferring Earlier Published Catalogue Entries<br />
  30. 30. Older PDP catalogue entries<br />
  31. 31. Public Catalogue Foundation<br />Summary catalogue of oil paintings<br />Provided basic images and descriptions<br />Records could then be further enhanced<br />Your Paintings (PCF/BBC)<br />31<br />
  32. 32. National Inventory Research Project<br />University of Glasgow<br />Funded by Kress Foundation<br />2 researchers, for 10 months<br />Enhancing records for European paintings<br />Using data from published catalogues etc <br />Undertaking additional research<br />Exporting to the NIRP database<br />32<br />
  33. 33. British Printed Images to 1700<br />33<br />
  34. 34. Old Master Drawings<br />34<br />
  35. 35. Recording Britain Watercolours<br />35<br />
  36. 36. National Photographic Record<br />36<br />
  37. 37. 37<br />Computer Art and Technocultures<br />
  38. 38. The V&A’s Computer Art Collections<br />38<br />
  39. 39. www.vam.ac.uk/computerart<br />
  40. 40. Search the Collections<br />40<br />
  41. 41. Factory Achievements to Date<br />
  42. 42. Search the Collections: V&A Targets for 2010/11<br />42<br />
  43. 43. Search the Collections: Records, by Department<br />August 2009<br />January 2011<br />
  44. 44. www.vam.ac.uk collections.vam.ac.uk<br />44<br />

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