Category Archives: Tools

Google Open Gallery and Web Publishing

Many of you may already be familiar with the work of the Google Cultural Institute, such as the Google Art Project and numerous historical exhibitions. Yesterday, Google announced on it’s Europe blog that that technologies behind it’s Cultural Institute projects would … Continue reading

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Your Paintings: Putting the UK’s entire national collection of over 200,000 oil paintings online

In an article from The Guardian, art correspondent Mark Brown wrote, “The Public Catalogue Foundation [PCF], announced that it had succeeded, in partnership with the BBC, in its mission to put images of every publicly owned oil painting in the UK … Continue reading

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Interactive Images with ThingLink

I love images. I love links that let me know more about an image. I may love ThingLink, but it is too soon to tell. How would you use it? ThingLink lets you embed images with everything from text to … Continue reading

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New Year, New Site!

The Visual Resources Center is pleased to announce the launch of their new website! Find images! Discover tools for editing, presenting and preserving visual materials! Get help and further resources! The new website contains much of the same content as … Continue reading

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ImageSearch from the University of Illinois Library: Federated search for images

EasySearch, from the University of Illinois Library,  is a component of Search Assistant, a resource discovery path for users which allows for searching across multiple electronic resources in a subject area. The Library recently added an image search function by … Continue reading

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Personal Digital Archiving with the iLibrarian

How many of us still have photos from our first digital cameras? Can you locate the paper you wrote on your desktop computer five years ago? Maybe your migrations between laptops and phones, across platforms and formats have been seamless, … Continue reading

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WikiPainting: A place to put your art history skills to work

Still in beta mode, with room to grow, it is surprising the WikiPainting did not exist before. The good news is: it exists now and is growing quickly. Faceted searching by artist and artworks among other things let you wander … Continue reading

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Expanded Google Art Project: or How I Learned to Stop Worrying about Finding High Resolution Images

When Google introduced its Art Project last year, it made a big splash amongst art aficionados, educators, artists, curators, and researchers. There were 1,000 images available from 17 different institutions worldwide, enabling views to zoom in to view incredibly close details. However, almost all … Continue reading

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The Lyonel Feininger Archive

Harvard’s Houghton Library and the Harvard Art Museum’s Lyonel Feininger Archive have collaborated to create an online research microsite presenting a comprehensive collection of Feininger’s largely un-seen photographic works. Harvard holds the majority of Feininger’s photographs, with some 500 photographic … Continue reading

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Dipity timelines

For visual learners, sometimes a timeline can be just the thing to help put history into some sort of context. Dipity, a free digital timeline website who’s mission is to “organize the web’s content by date and time,” allows users … Continue reading

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Google Chrome apps for Images

I never thought I would fall for a web browser, but Google has captured my heart with Chrome. I was at first intrigued by its claims of being the fastest web browser in terms of site loading time, but having … Continue reading

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For those of you who attended the 2010 GIS fair last November, you heard UCLA’ Dr. Todd Presner speak about his project, Hypercities, and are probably already familiar with what it has to offer. If not, read on. As described … Continue reading

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ARTstor Mobile

All 1,000,000+ images from the ARTstor Digital Library are now accessible through iPad, iPhone, and the iPod Touch to registered ARTstor users. ARTstor Mobile provides read-only features such as searching, browsing, zooming, and viewing saved image groups. Also try the … Continue reading

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Image importer for Mac osx 10.6/PowerPoint 2008

If you’re teaching with PowerPoint and spending a lot of time inserting images into your slideshow, this may be the answer for you. While PC users are able to insert groups of images into their PowerPoints through the Photo Album … Continue reading

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Copyright and Image Management

Click below for an excellent tutorial on copyright and image management from Georgia Harper, Office of General Counsel at the University of Texas.  This is a component of the excellent website Crash Course in Copyright.

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Opening History Portal

The Internet can be a Wild West environment, and it can be frustrating to locate related visual resources on a given topic when those resources reside on hundreds of different websites.  The Opening History web portal seeks to make this … Continue reading

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Beta testing of Shared Shelf software

The University of Illinois Library and the College of Fine and Applied Arts have partnered with ARTstor, the Society of Architectural Historians and seven other colleges and universities on a new initiative called “Shared Shelf” to support the use of … Continue reading

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Pliny as an annotation tool for images

John Bradley, Senior Analyst for Humanities Computing at King’s College, London, visited the University of Illinois’ Graduate School of Library and Information Science on July 20 and 21 to discuss, share, and demonstrate Pliny—a free, publicly available, open source software … Continue reading

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The Digital Image Rights Computator

The Visual Resources Association offers a handy web tool called The Digital Image Rights Computator to “assist the user in assessing the intellectual property status of a specific image documenting a work of art, a designed object, or a portion … Continue reading

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