Category Archives: words

Orphan Works and Mass Digitization


Last month, the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology’s Digital Library Copyright Project hosted a symposium entitled Orphan Works and Mass Digitization. The symposium addressed issues revolving around the access and utility of orphan works, and the platforms and legal parameters that support that use. Symposium materials including PowerPoints and audio are now available online.

The Digital Library Copyright Project works to develop the intellectual framework to support changes in copyright law in the wake of increased institutional digitization.

Turning the Pages

From the First Atlas of Europe, compiled by Mercator in the 1570s

The British Library’s Turning the Pages Gallery provides access to virtual books featuring illuminated manuscripts from the early Renaissance, atlases, botanical illustrations, religious texts and more. The Turning the Pages virtual book viewer allows the user to access legible table of contents and text, and to magnify images and other page content. The Turning the Pages collection is available to all virtual patrons and requires Adobe Shockwave or Microsoft Silverlight software.

"NAAB Accreditation: Faculty Exhibit" Now Available on Flickr


The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) visited the School of Architecture on February 23, 2012. The temporary exhibit showcased the work of SoA faculty across all disciplines taught in the school for the NAAB Accreditation process and the Flickr set is now available online.

Image Courtesy: Selina Ortiz, Visual Resources Collection Photography TA

99% Invisible


Roman Mars, a public radio producer and reporter, hosts the weekly podcast 99% Invisible. By way of considered and informed interviews, the radio show explores topics of design, architecture and “the 99% invisible activity that shapes our world.” Currently broadcast out of San Francisco, Mars’ work has been featured on productions such as Radiolab, The Story, Snap Judgment, Morning Edition, and Weekend America.

Public Art Archive


The Public Art Archiveā„¢, a new project presented by the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF), is a searchable database of public art in the United States. The Archive makes art more accessible to the public with sophisticated searchable databases of art throughout the United States. The Archive makes public art and its processes more accessible by displaying images of each piece alongside an extensive description, including audio and video supplementary files when they are available.

Image Courtesy: Library as Incubator Project

The Lively Morgue


The New York Times has created a blog, The Lively Morgue, to publish some of its most memorable and well-known archival images. Beginning in 1896, the Times began publishing images in their magazines, and over the next century, developed a vast image archive consisting of more than five million prints and contact sheets, 300,000 stacks of negatives ranging from 35 mm to 5×7 inches and 13,500 DVDS filled with digital images. Each week, the blog will publish several photos from the archive, including the back of the image that shows the annotations and published captions of each image. The New York Times hopes to continue digitizing these images for greater accessibility to the public.

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Guggenheim Expands Online Digital Resources


The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum expanded its digital resources, offering greater access to a wide range of content from Guggenheim publications. These materials include the first exhibition catalogue to be published by a museum in an e-book format. The newly digitized selection of essays and other historical materials dating back to the 1937 founding of the museum are also available online.

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Living Witness: Historic Trees of Texas Photography Exhibit


The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center presents the photography exhibit Living Witness: Historic Trees of Texas at the McDermott Learning Center. Photographer Ralph Yznaga has traveled throughout the state of Texas capturing and documenting historic trees with his vintage cameras. Images of several dozen of these historic trees will be featured in the exhibit and their story will be highlighted in Yznaga’s upcoming book “Living Witness: The Historic Trees of Texas.”

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Metadata Gone Mad


In December, a consortium of advertising and telecommunications special interest groups published the Embedded Metadata Manifesto establishing five principles to promote better metadata management practices when circulating media files. In response, Madison Avenue has moved to implement measures that reduce industry errors costing millions of dollars each year while improving ad production by embedding instructions for editing and post-production processes directly into advertising content when it is created. For more, see this December 13th article in MediaPost News.

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VRA Statement on Fair Use


The Visual Resources Association (VRA), an international organization of image media professionals dedicated to furthering research and education in the field of image use and management, has released a Statement of the Fair Use of Images for Teaching, Research, and Study. The statement describes six uses of copyrighted images that the VRA believes fall within the U.S. fair use doctrine. These items include: 1) storing images for repeated use in the teaching context and transferring images to new formats if needed, 2) use of images for teaching purposes and the ability to post both large, high resolution images and thumbnails on course websites as online study materials and 3) the reproduction of images in theses and dissertations.

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The Weekly Wright-up


In The Weekly Wright-up, the curatorial staff at the Darwin Martin House in Buffalo New York provides news and insights on Frank Lloyd Wright’s 1904-1907 Prairie Style masterpiece in addition to exploring items related to Wright studies and the art, architectural and design practices in general. Check out The Weekly Wright-up each Friday for new perspectives from the Martin House.