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Speed The Plow A R T I C


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Speaker Slides from Chris Gallagher from The Art Institute of Chicago for Speed the Plow: Rapid Capture Digital Workflow, MCN 2009

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Speed The Plow A R T I C

  1. 1. Rapid Imaging Project Art Institute of Chicago July 2007 - July 2009 1
  2. 2. Goals for the R.I.P. project included: •Gaining maximum access to the collection •Develop a workflow to facilitate the uploading of tif. image files to our CMS and there by to our web site •Process 150 files a day from 3 workstations •Capture files at a quality that could be used for 8 x 10 prints, published as medium size reproductions and used on the web. Not to overlap with studio production. •Create aesthetically pleasing images •Use off the shelf software and equipment •Archive both tif. and DNG files using Extensis Portfolio (tif. files were balanced to the reference target and cropped. Files used for publications would be created from the DNG an proofed against the art.) Right: An image of the image file record and the Information we keep track of. 2
  3. 3. Documentation 3
  4. 4. Workflow: (Image Capture) Technicians 4
  5. 5. Workflow: Image Archive 5
  6. 6. 2D workstations Photography Asian Prints 6
  7. 7. PD Oversize Photography Station 7
  8. 8. 3-D workstation 8
  9. 9. Prints and Drawings: 26,446 images linked to 23,390 records in CITI 9
  10. 10. Photography Dept. 20,282 images linked to 16,115 records in CITI 10
  11. 11. Japanese Woodblock Prints 14,427 images linked to 12,286 object records in CITI 11
  12. 12. Coin Photography Approx. 3000 coins photographed 12
  13. 13. Asian Dept . 13
  14. 14. Ancient Collection 14
  15. 15. Arms and Armor Miniature portraits and medallions 15
  16. 16. •What made it work; a mandate that fit with organizational mission attainable daily numbers, based on experience realistic timetable, expected downtime closed ended with endgame strategy synergy, part of an organizational project to update CMS to port to web •Understood the culture of the organization and the participating departments •Hired staff specifically for project; 1 manager and 3 technicians had experience with department collections and CMS curatorial departments part of hiring process trained by curatorial department staff were not photographers, used studio photographers for aesthetic decisions were ultimately responsible to the Imaging Department overall manager who was responsible for working with curatorial departments •Documentation workflow procedures progress reports •Know your budget plan you equipment around your purpose, use and start time keep to the plan no regrets 16
  17. 17. Final numbers: Special Thanks to: 68,693 new images in two IMLS years, across the curatorial Sam Quigley departments, averaging just Karin Patzke under 148 images per day. Greg Harris 98.6% of goal Susan Carlson Joyce Kuechler Jennifer Anderson Janine Nock Rapid Imaging Project not Rest In Peace 17