Visual Archives

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This presentation, from 2009, conveyed an overview of the visual archives to ARTstor Digital Library. Afterwards, we commenced a project of curating, digitizing, and creating metadata for 2,000+ images.

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  • WMF possesses unique holdings that deserve a wider audience.
  • The Rock-hewn Coptic Churches of Lalibela was one of WMF’s first projects. The image on the left, from 1965, is from our slide collection. The image on the right is a digital image taken in March 2008 by Gaetano Palumbo, WMF’s Archaeological Conservation Director for Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia.
  • This 3D model is derived from laser scans by Heinz Rüther and his team from the University of Cape Town’s Geomatics Department.
  • Rock-hewn Coptic Churches of Lalibela was one of WMF’s first projects. The image on the left, from 1966, is from our slide collection. The image on the right is a digital image taken in March 2008 by Gaetano Palumbo, WMF’s Archaeological Conservation Director for Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia. The 2008 image documents the context of the project as well, because the structures over the buildings are ill-advised, according to our project managers.
  • This 3D model is derived from laser scans by Heinz Rüther and his team from the University of Cape Town’s Geomatics Department.
  • On the left: a view of a damaged ceiling taken in March 2000. On the right: a general interior view with damage from 2001.
  • A general exterior shot after conservation was complete, taken by Marty Hylton, our project manager, in January 2004.
  • These images display the conservation work we’ve conducted at Preah Khan. The image of the left is from our slide collection taken in 1992 by John Stubbs, Vice President, Field Projects. The image on the right is a digital image taken by John Stubbs in 2008.
  • On the left: an infrared picture of Angkor and Tone Sap from 1994. On the right: a NASA radar imaging project of Preah Khan, assisted by the University of Sydney, from 2001. WMF has over 1,400+ digital images of our work at Angkor, organized and embedded with complete metadata.
  • Visual Archives

    1. 1. Presented by Margot Note on January 13, 2009 Visual Archives
    2. 2. Vast Holdings <ul><li>57,000+ digital images </li></ul><ul><li>1,700+ image CDs </li></ul><ul><li>35,000+ slides </li></ul><ul><li>20,000+ prints </li></ul><ul><li>Arranged by country, site, and project </li></ul><ul><li>Key images digitized with metadata </li></ul>
    3. 3. Rich Project Documentation <ul><li>1965 to present, 90 countries, 500 projects </li></ul><ul><li>WMF owns copyright </li></ul><ul><li>Commitment to documentation: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Current project images </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Archival images </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Beauty shots </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Technical images </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Architectural drawings </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. Visual Archives <ul><li>Collection strengthened daily </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge creator rather than container </li></ul><ul><li>Intuitive access systems </li></ul><ul><li>Physical & intellectual control of materials </li></ul>
    5. 5. Image Processing <ul><li>Processed via Photoshop </li></ul><ul><li>Consistent file labeling </li></ul><ul><li>Embedded metadata </li></ul><ul><li>New digital images </li></ul><ul><li>Older digital images </li></ul><ul><li>Scanned slides and prints </li></ul><ul><li>75% are “recovered” (800 old/300 new) </li></ul>
    6. 6. Metadata
    7. 7. Metadata Country: Ethiopia Site: Rock-hewn Coptic Churches of Lalibela, Biet Giorgis (House of Saint George) Caption: Of all the churches, Biet Giorgis is particularly stunning and beautiful, situated apart from the other churches to the west, intricately carved into the shape of a cross. Image Date: March 2008 Photographer: Gaetano Palumbo/WMF Provenance: Site Visit Original: digital CD WMF107
    8. 8. Ethiopia, Lalibela, Biet Amanuel
    9. 9. Ethiopia, Lalibela, Biet Amanuel
    10. 10. Ethiopia, Lalibela, Biet Medani Alem
    11. 11. Ethiopia, Lalibela, Biet Medani Alem
    12. 12. Kress Project Profile Digitization <ul><li>800+ prints and slides digitized </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge creation </li></ul><ul><li>Robust metadata </li></ul><ul><li>File name denotes conservation phase </li></ul>
    13. 13. Italy, Church of the Pietà Before Conservation After Conservation
    14. 14. Before Conservation During Conservation Haiti, Citadelle Henri
    15. 15. Ireland, Doneraile Court Before Conservation After Conservation
    16. 16. Before Conservation After Conservation Italy, Biblioteca Marciana
    17. 17. Italy, Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo Before Conservation After Conservation
    18. 18. Before Conservation After Conservation Spain, Convento de la Coria
    19. 19. United States, A. Conger Goodyear House
    20. 20. United States, A. Conger Goodyear House
    21. 21. Cambodia, Preah Khan, East Gopura III
    22. 22. Cambodia, Angkor, Preah Khan & Tone Sap

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