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accessceramics.org     a digital image database, collaboratively sourced using flickr “ Manga” Ormolu by Brendan Tang   St...
What I will cover <ul><li>Quick summary of the project </li></ul><ul><li>Recent enhancements </li></ul><ul><li>Current mod...
The problem:  Finding high quality images of contemporary ceramics <ul><li>Many images out there,  but : </li></ul><ul><li...
•  Juried image collection •  High quality images •  High quality metadata, search, and browse  •  Copyright-free images “...
•  Physical, in-house collection •  Budget money •  Hardware or software “ Preferred Transitions,” by Deborah Horrell What...
<ul><li>Faculty with national/international </li></ul><ul><li>contacts </li></ul><ul><li>Faculty/staff expertise in VR, </...
The Lewis & Clark  accessCeramics Team Dept. of Art: Ted Vogel Asst. Professor of Art Studio Head, Ceramics Collection Cur...
Our Solution Artists create  free flickr accounts Upload images to accessCeramics  flickr group flickr for image editing, ...
Built our public interface : Same content, different look flickr site Our site
Added customized  cataloging interface :  artists choose from list of terms  or  add their own, which are added to list Ar...
Browse options: Lists with numbers Tag clouds Tabs
Adding content: The process <ul><ul><li>Artist invited to submit </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Creates a flickr account </li>...
Outside  funding for: <ul><ul><li>Logistics of recruiting artists </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Support for submissions </li>...
Recent Enhancements Site re-design
Recent Enhancements search
Recent Enhancements Cooliris (formerly &quot;piclens&quot;)
Recent Enhancements Twitter auto-links news from uploads and Blog announcements
Recent Enhancements Google map of artist locations
Recent Enhancements Instructions in many languages… using Google Translate! Chinese! Russian!
The accessCeramics model? Category Traditional  accessCeramics Content source Central Distributed Content origin Analog Di...
Where we stand… <ul><li>Holding at 200 unique visitors a day, spike at 400 unique visitors at peak times </li></ul><ul><li...
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Vra2010 accessCeramics.org - a digital image database

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Stephanie Beene, Watzek Library, Lewis and Clark College, presentation from VRA 28, "accessceramics.org -   a digital image database, collaboratively sourced using flickr", from the closing plenary session "Collections of Distinction: Adding Value to the Online Community of Visual Resources"

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Vra2010 accessCeramics.org - a digital image database

  1. 1. accessceramics.org   a digital image database, collaboratively sourced using flickr “ Manga” Ormolu by Brendan Tang   Stephanie Beene  Lewis & Clark College VRA 2010 Atlanta, GA
  2. 2. What I will cover <ul><li>Quick summary of the project </li></ul><ul><li>Recent enhancements </li></ul><ul><li>Current model and numbers </li></ul>“ Enlightened” by HsinYi Huang
  3. 3. The problem: Finding high quality images of contemporary ceramics <ul><li>Many images out there, but : </li></ul><ul><li>Quality is variable </li></ul><ul><li>Little or no metadata </li></ul><ul><li>Copyright issues </li></ul><ul><li>Not suitable for educational or </li></ul><ul><li>classroom use </li></ul>
  4. 4. • Juried image collection • High quality images • High quality metadata, search, and browse • Copyright-free images “ Red Dot” by Ted Vogel Wish list:
  5. 5. • Physical, in-house collection • Budget money • Hardware or software “ Preferred Transitions,” by Deborah Horrell What we didn’t have:
  6. 6. <ul><li>Faculty with national/international </li></ul><ul><li>contacts </li></ul><ul><li>Faculty/staff expertise in VR, </li></ul><ul><li>ceramics, and digital </li></ul><ul><li>collection-building </li></ul><ul><li>Networking and collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>opportunities </li></ul>“ Blessing 2 (Side View)” by Gabriel Parque What we did have:
  7. 7. The Lewis & Clark accessCeramics Team Dept. of Art: Ted Vogel Asst. Professor of Art Studio Head, Ceramics Collection Curator Head of 5-member Curatorial Board (jury) Watzek Library: Mark Dahl Assoc. Director,  Watzek Library Project Director Stephanie Beene Visual Resources Coordinator Jeremy McWilliams Digital Services Coordinator Dean’s Office Kelly Delfatti Sponsored Research Officer Miranda Costa Submissions Coordinator “ Constant tapping-Bad Boys+Fibber”  by Pattie Chalmers
  8. 8. Our Solution Artists create free flickr accounts Upload images to accessCeramics flickr group flickr for image editing, upload, and storage Back up images on LC distributed servers 1 3 2
  9. 9. Built our public interface : Same content, different look flickr site Our site
  10. 10. Added customized cataloging interface : artists choose from list of terms or add their own, which are added to list Artists assign licenses here
  11. 11. Browse options: Lists with numbers Tag clouds Tabs
  12. 12. Adding content: The process <ul><ul><li>Artist invited to submit </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Creates a flickr account </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Uploads images to flickr </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Goes to our interface </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Adds metadata to images </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Assigns licenses to images </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We accept images into our collection </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Images become live and metadata lives in our collection and on flickr </li></ul></ul>“ Cinch” by Erin Furlmsky
  13. 13. Outside  funding for: <ul><ul><li>Logistics of recruiting artists </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Support for submissions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Promoting the project </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NITLE and NEA Grants </li></ul></ul>“ Flower Tree” by Matt Wedel
  14. 14. Recent Enhancements Site re-design
  15. 15. Recent Enhancements search
  16. 16. Recent Enhancements Cooliris (formerly &quot;piclens&quot;)
  17. 17. Recent Enhancements Twitter auto-links news from uploads and Blog announcements
  18. 18. Recent Enhancements Google map of artist locations
  19. 19. Recent Enhancements Instructions in many languages… using Google Translate! Chinese! Russian!
  20. 20. The accessCeramics model? Category Traditional accessCeramics Content source Central Distributed Content origin Analog Digital Metadata creation Central Distributed Licensing Restricted Creative Commons DAM Software Industry specific Consumer Web 2.0 Audience Local Global User Interface Canned Customized
  21. 21. Where we stand… <ul><li>Holding at 200 unique visitors a day, spike at 400 unique visitors at peak times </li></ul><ul><li>#1 when you Google “contemporary ceramics,” #40 when just “ceramics” </li></ul><ul><li>178 artists from around the world </li></ul><ul><li>3,000 images </li></ul>

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