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VRA 2013 Reach Out, Rose-Sandler

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Presented by Trish Rose-Sandler at the Annual Conference of the Visual Resources Association, April 3rd - April 6th, 2013, in Providence, Rhode Island.

Session #5: Reach Out! New Opportunities for the Visual Resource Center
MODERATOR: Allison J. Cywin, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
PRESENTERS:
Trish Rose-Sandler, Missouri Botanical Garden
“The Art of Life: Data Mining and Crowdsourcing the Identification and Description of Natural History Illustrations from the Biodiversity Heritage Library”
Stephanie Beene, Lewis & Clark College
“From Archive to Digital, from Lone VRC to Collaborative Effort: The case of the Lewis & Clark College Senior Art Collection Online Project”
Charlie McNeil and Allison Cywin, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
“Discovery Beyond Books: Integration of Library and Visual Resource Materials”

In the past several years, visual resource centers across the nation have undergone major transformations from traditional slide libraries to new digital image and multimedia centers. This transition has brought new audience development strategies and professional opportunities in the form of collaborative partnerships, cooperative ventures and institutional alliances.

This session will highlight four institutions that have expanded the mission of the visual resource center by broadening audience development and outreach through cross-disciplinary partnerships, system integrations, collaborative enterprises and collection building. The presenters will offer practical experiences describing the successes and challenges of working within a collaborative environment and will provide working models and strategies for audience development.

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VRA 2013 Reach Out, Rose-Sandler

  1. 1. Trish Rose-Sandler, Missouri Botanical GardenVRA April 2013 Providence RI Art of Life projectReach Out! New Opportunities for theVisual Resource CenterThe Art of Life project: a case study
  2. 2. Trish Rose-Sandler, Missouri Botanical GardenVRA April 2013 Providence RI Art of Life projectWhat is BHL?• A consortium of natural history, botanical libraries andresearch institutions• An open access digital repository for historic biodiversityliterature• An open data repository of taxonomic names andbibliographic information
  3. 3. Trish Rose-Sandler, Missouri Botanical GardenVRA April 2013 Providence RI Art of Life projectMember Institutions• Academy of Natural Sciences Library and Archives• American Museum of Natural History Library• California Academy of Sciences Library• Cornell University Library• The Field Museum Library• Harvard University Botany Libraries• Harvard University, Ernst Mayr Library of the Museum of Comparative Zoology• Library of Congress• Marine Biological Laboratory / Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Library• Missouri Botanical Garden Library• Natural History Museum, London, Library & Archives• The New York Botanical Garden• Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Library & Archives• Smithsonian Institution Libraries• United States Geological Survey Libraries
  4. 4. Trish Rose-Sandler, Missouri Botanical GardenVRA April 2013 Providence RI Art of Life projectBHLFT Staff
  5. 5. Trish Rose-Sandler, Missouri Botanical GardenVRA April 2013 Providence RI Art of Life projectBHLGlobal
  6. 6. Trish Rose-Sandler, Missouri Botanical GardenVRA April 2013 Providence RI Art of Life project
  7. 7. Trish Rose-Sandler, Missouri Botanical GardenVRA April 2013 Providence RI Art of Life projectWhy the need for Art of Life?Problem statement– users want access to images, access to images islimited– How to broaden the audiences for BHL content?
  8. 8. Trish Rose-Sandler, Missouri Botanical GardenVRA April 2013 Providence RI Art of Life projectWhat is Art of Life?• Full title - The Art of Life: Data Mining and Crowdsourcing theIdentification and Description of Natural History Illustrationsfrom the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL)• Grant given to Missouri Botanical Garden in St Louis• Funded by National Endowment for the Humanities• Runs May 2012-April 2014
  9. 9. Trish Rose-Sandler, Missouri Botanical GardenVRA April 2013 Providence RI Art of Life project
  10. 10. Trish Rose-Sandler, Missouri Botanical GardenVRA April 2013 Providence RI Art of Life project5 Primary Objectives of Art of LifeObjective 1: Define an appropriate metadata schema for natural history illustrationsObjective 2: Build software tools to automatically identify illustrations in the BHL corpusObjective 3: Enhance existing tools to enable the initial sorting, viewing, and editing of theseidentified visual resources.Objective 4: Integrate tagging applications to enable a community of users to edit descriptivemetadata for the illustrationsObjective 5: Integrate the descriptive metadata generated by users back into BHL portal both foraccess and preservation
  11. 11. Trish Rose-Sandler, Missouri Botanical GardenVRA April 2013 Providence RI Art of Life project
  12. 12. Trish Rose-Sandler, Missouri Botanical GardenVRA April 2013 Providence RI Art of Life projectCurrent status of Art of Life• Development of the algorithm is about 90% complete and willbe done by May 2013• Draft schema for describing natural history illustrationsavailable for public review http://tinyurl.com/9hm7nsb• Classifier tool – in progress
  13. 13. Trish Rose-Sandler, Missouri Botanical GardenVRA April 2013 Providence RI Art of Life projectArt of Life SchemaNeeds to support three objectives:(1) to enable the discovery, description and use of theidentified images by artists, biologists, humanities scholars,librarians, and educators;(2) to make BHL’s metadata and images available to otherplatforms; and(3) to import crowdsourced metadata generated in otherplatforms back into BHL.
  14. 14. Trish Rose-Sandler, Missouri Botanical GardenVRA April 2013 Providence RI Art of Life projectSchema landscape review– VRA Core 4.0 (image community)– LIDO (museum community)– Dublin Core (Web community)– Darwin Core (biodiversity community)
  15. 15. Trish Rose-Sandler, Missouri Botanical GardenVRA April 2013 Providence RI Art of Life projectART OF LIFE SCHEMA ELEMENTS red =requiredTitleTypeDateCopyrightSourceAgentSubjectsDescriptionInscription
  16. 16. Trish Rose-Sandler, Missouri Botanical GardenVRA April 2013 Providence RI Art of Life projectTitle Stictospiza formosaType PaintingsDate Publication: 1898Agent Author: Arthur G. Butler (1844-1925)Illustrator: F.W. Frohawk (1861-1946)Description A pair of finches with green and yellow bodies resting on reedsSubjects Scientific name: Amandava formosa (Latham, 1790)Vernacular Name: Green Avadavat or Green MuniaAccepted Name: Amandava formosa (Latham, 1790)Birds, finchesInscriptions bottom center: Green Amaduvade Waxbill (Stictospiza formosa)Source Butler, Arthur Gardiner. Foreign finches in captivity. Hull and London: Brumby andClarke, limited,1889 (2nd edition). This image comes from the Biodiversity HeritageLibrary, and is available online at biodiversitylibrary.org/page/17195895Rights Public domainExample of illustration described using Art of Life schema
  17. 17. Trish Rose-Sandler, Missouri Botanical GardenVRA April 2013 Providence RI Art of Life projectHow will this project benefit the visual resourcecommunity?• Significant resource of natural history images that will be made openlyaccessible and reusable-• Content is very cross-disciplinary (artists, arthistorians, biologists, humanities scholars, particularly historians ofscience; librarians, visual resource curators).• Interesting application of the Core 4.0 standard beyond its traditionaldomain
  18. 18. Trish Rose-Sandler, Missouri Botanical GardenVRA April 2013 Providence RI Art of Life projectThanks to Art of Life team!PITrish Rose-Sandler, Missouri Botanical GardenAlgorithm developmentEd Bachta, Charlie Moad, Kyle Jaebker, Indianapolis Museum of ArtSchema developmentGaurav Vaidya and Robert Guralnick, University of Colorado, BoulderWilliam Ulate, Missouri Botanical GardenProgrammingMike Lichtenberg, Missouri Botanical GardenConsultantsDoug Holland, Missouri Botanical Garden; Chris Freeland, Washington University(former PI for Art of Life)
  19. 19. Trish Rose-Sandler, Missouri Botanical GardenVRA April 2013 Providence RI Art of Life projectInterested? Here’s how you can help• We welcome your feedback on the schema! http://tinyurl.com/9hm7nsb• If you know of scholars and users who would be interested in these typesof images and would be interested either in participating in our survey ora brief focus groups about the schema please have them contact metrish.rose-sandler@mobot.org• Would love to talk with other folks about their experiences withcrowdsourcing of metadata, particularly if you’ve used flickr or Wikimediacommons• Spread the word about this free, rich resource of images!http://www.flickr.com/photos/biodivlibrary•
  20. 20. Trish Rose-Sandler, Missouri Botanical GardenVRA April 2013 Providence RI Art of Life projectFor more infohttp://biodivlib.wikispaces.com/Art+of+Lifehttp://www.biodiversitylibrary.orgContact:trish.rose-sandler@mobot.org

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