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Editorial Transition, Maureen Burns Ed.D. Mar 2019

Editorial Transition, Maureen Burns Ed.D.

VRA Bulletin

The VRA Bulletin Content Editor discusses the transition from one editorial team to the next and expresses gratitude to fellow-editors and contributors. A nostalgic look back at the interesting content published over the last four years is provided. Potential authors are encouraged to consider submitting feature articles, perspectives, reviews as well as the full gamut of Association and affiliate news to the VRA Bulletin especially as it moves to an open access publishing model.


Instant Architecture: Hosted Access To The Archivision Research Library With Built-In Image Management & Presentation Tools, Maureen A. Burns Ed.D., Andreas Knab Oct 2018

Instant Architecture: Hosted Access To The Archivision Research Library With Built-In Image Management & Presentation Tools, Maureen A. Burns Ed.D., Andreas Knab

VRA Bulletin

The Archivision Research Library is a collection of 100,000 digital images of art and architecture professionally photographed by a trained architect. It documents the built environment--from ancient monuments to cutting-edge contemporary constructions--with extensive, standardized descriptive metadata. Archivision is accessible for research and teaching through a web-based application--a dedicated hosted instance of MDID--with vrcHost LLC delivering full services and technical support: installation, integration, and maintenance. This combination provides not only instant access to Archivision, but also to sophisticated tools for managing images using an open source media management system to discover, aggregate, study, and present digital media.


Maximizing Metadata: Embedded Metadata Tools, Marcia M. Focht Oct 2018

Maximizing Metadata: Embedded Metadata Tools, Marcia M. Focht

VRA Bulletin

Archives, libraries, museums, businesses, and individuals have fully embraced the digital era and the proliferation of digital assets abound. The challenge is creating, managing, storing, and sharing these assets. One way to make managing your digital files easier is by using the power of embedded metadata, which encodes data about the digital asset into the file itself. Embedded metadata helps reduce the difficulty of finding an image or audio file on your computer, no need to recall a lengthy URL or scratch your head trying to remember the original source to cite when using or publishing your images. Ensuring that ...


The New Interactive: Reimagining Visual Collections As Immersive Environments, Jeffrey P. Emanuel, Christopher M. Morse, Luke Hollis Dec 2016

The New Interactive: Reimagining Visual Collections As Immersive Environments, Jeffrey P. Emanuel, Christopher M. Morse, Luke Hollis

VRA Bulletin

Emerging technologies and shared standards have opened up new avenues for the curation and presentation of data in archives and published
research. Among their many benefits, these developments have made collections across archives more accessible, and have vastly improved the visual experience for users. This paper focuses on the next step in applying technical development and standards to digital collections: improving discoverability and providing a visual product that is simultaneously informative and experiential. The cases presented here
focus on new approaches in these areas, with an emphasis on the utilization of visual search and discovery across a research archive and ...


Endless Images: A Socal Summer Mini-Conference, Maureen Burns, Hannah Marshall, Jenifer Martinez Wormser Oct 2016

Endless Images: A Socal Summer Mini-Conference, Maureen Burns, Hannah Marshall, Jenifer Martinez Wormser

VRA Bulletin

This article reports on the Endless Images mini-conference that took place on August 14 and 15, 2016, in Laguna Beach, California, and provides concise summaries of each presentation. Three professional organizations—the Visual Resources Association (VRA), the Society of California Archivists (SCA), and the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA)—sponsored the event. The goal was to bring together professionals from each of these like-minded organizations to showcase their digital projects and explore the connections in their work. Twenty presentations in two sessions and a lightning round highlight both the challenges and solutions that characterize the current digital ...


Vr In Vr: Capture And Display Of Virtual Reality Photospheres In A Visual Resources Context, Alex Nichols Dec 2015

Vr In Vr: Capture And Display Of Virtual Reality Photospheres In A Visual Resources Context, Alex Nichols

VRA Bulletin

At Michigan State, we have begun investigating some possibilities for creating and displaying photospheres in art history courses. Virtual reality-style presentation is particularly appealing for teaching architecture, archaeological sites, and other large, complex works that benefit from a spatial understanding that is otherwise difficult to communicate effectively when actual travel is not an option. Our pedagogical experiments are at a very early stage at this point, but the following report seeks to summarize and recommend various technical approaches to the tasks of creating and displaying virtual reality content in the context of visual resources.


Adventures In Crowdsourcing: A Digital Odyssey From Lower Manhattan To Google Earth To Build A Museum Without Walls, Abby Suckle Faia, Anna Heineman Phd Dec 2015

Adventures In Crowdsourcing: A Digital Odyssey From Lower Manhattan To Google Earth To Build A Museum Without Walls, Abby Suckle Faia, Anna Heineman Phd

VRA Bulletin

cultureNOW has been developing a guidebook to the world outside thru smartphone technology to create a museum without walls. The exponentially growing digital collection currently contains about 18,000 sites, 52,000 images, 2550 podcasts, and 53 self-guided tours. 90 cities and arts organizations are partners to share their content. It is a collection that lives only in the cloud and can be accessed from everywhere, created by a group of ‘accidental librarians’ who are learning as they go about how to access and structure the content to reach its audience. It is very much a work in progress. These ...


Reconfiguring Knowledge: Making The Digital Humanities Visual - Secac 2015 Vra Affiliate Session, John J. Taormina Dec 2015

Reconfiguring Knowledge: Making The Digital Humanities Visual - Secac 2015 Vra Affiliate Session, John J. Taormina

VRA Bulletin

The 2015 SECAC VRA affiliate session highlighted the issues surrounding the support, development, dissemination, and preservation of Digital Humanities projects in the arts and humanities. The presentations addressed the transformational changes brought about by introducing digital technologies into the arts and humanities disciplines. This article summarizes the session with information about how each speaker addressed ways to make the Digital Humanities visual.


Wired! @ 5 (Years): Visualizing The Past At Duke University, The Wired! Group, Duke University May 2015

Wired! @ 5 (Years): Visualizing The Past At Duke University, The Wired! Group, Duke University

VRA Bulletin

Wired! is a learning community of faculty, staff, and students at Duke University committed to exploring how digital technologies prompt new approaches to teaching and research in the humanities. Wired! was founded to explore the potential of digital visualization tools for the study of art, architecture and urban space. Digital projects focus on communicating humanities research to a broad public through websites and digital applications.

Wired!’s special focus is the study of visual and material culture: art, architectural, and urban history. Research projects and teaching are based in the Wired! Lab at Duke University, where faculty, staff, and students ...


Usability And Image Resource Interfaces: Five Steps To Plan Your Own Study, Melanie Clark Jan 2014

Usability And Image Resource Interfaces: Five Steps To Plan Your Own Study, Melanie Clark

VRA Bulletin

Usability testing, a systematic approach to finding out what parts of a tool or resource are difficult to use, can be particularly useful with digital image systems and other visual resources. This article explains the benefits of observing how patrons use our resources and provides five steps to performing a simple usability test on an image database.


State Of The Association, Maureen Burns Jan 2013

State Of The Association, Maureen Burns

VRA Bulletin

As part of the business meeting at the VRA 2012 conference, the president provided a summary of the accomplishments and challenges facing the field in a state of the association presentation. This article provides the transcript.


You Can Do It. We Can Help: Building Digital Image Collections Together, Maureen Burns Dec 2012

You Can Do It. We Can Help: Building Digital Image Collections Together, Maureen Burns

VRA Bulletin

At the 2009 College Art Association conference in Los Angeles, the Visual Resources Association organized an affiliate session, called “You Can Do It. We Can Help,” focused on building digital image collections together. A distinguished panel of speakers shared information about innovative image projects and presented evidence of the value of such collaborative experiences. This article provides a summary of the session with extended commentary by the moderator, updates on the projects presented, and a discussion of current issues and trends.


Revisioning Art History: How A Century Of Change In Imaging Technologies Helped To Shape A Discipline, Allan T. Kohl Dec 2012

Revisioning Art History: How A Century Of Change In Imaging Technologies Helped To Shape A Discipline, Allan T. Kohl

VRA Bulletin

Beginning in the latter nineteenth century, the use of photography to document works of art was a key factor in the emergence of art history as an independent discipline. The subsequent introduction of new technologies such as lantern slides, 35mm. color slides, and carousel projectors resulted in significant transformations in pedagogy. In the twentieth century, the growing use of photographic illustrations influenced a shift in emphasis in the textual content of scholarly publications such as exhibition catalogs, artist monographs, and journal articles. More recently, the digital revolution has increased access to art information, transforming the ways works of art are ...


Texture And Materiality: Creating A New Material Resource Center At Risd, Mark Pompelia Jun 2012

Texture And Materiality: Creating A New Material Resource Center At Risd, Mark Pompelia

VRA Bulletin

The new Material Resource Center at Rhode Island School of Design is a growing collection of material samples with broad appeal across an art and design campus comprised of twenty-four departments and disciplines. The creation of this teaching and learning resource challenges traditional concepts, roles, and functions as library, collection, lab, and center merge into one space with a cross-campus mission. The newly learned areas of digital collection creation and management (metadata schema, digital asset management) are also challenged with the return to and assertion of the physical object. For the studio faculty member, innovative materials require a rethinking of ...


Welcome Newest Affiliate, Society Of Architectural Historians (Sah), Jolene M. De Verges Mar 2012

Welcome Newest Affiliate, Society Of Architectural Historians (Sah), Jolene M. De Verges

VRA Bulletin

VRA (Visual Resources Association) and SAH (Society of Architectural Historians) became affiliate organizations in 2011 in order to foster a stronger collaborative and mutually beneficial relationship between the two organizations and their members. The benefits of the affiliation are outlined. Many VRA members manage and curate architecture image collections and work closely with architectural historians, architects, urban planners, landscape architects and preservationists. Both organizations see opportunities for combining their expertise and experience to build sustainable and authoritative digital image collections that support the discipline of architectural history and related fields. Over the past five years, SAH has led innovative and ...