Artstor has collaborated with six institutions to provide access to nearly 35,000 additional high-quality images in the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). The release is part of an ongoing initiative; last year, Artstor also provided access in DPLA to more than 23,000 high-quality images from major American museums and universities.
Archive for the ‘Shared Shelf’ Category
Artstor has released new tools for its Shared Shelf media management service that provide administrators with more control over their collection management. Shared Shelf enables institutions to upload, catalog, manage, preserve, and share digital media collections with targeted audiences; the new tools allow administrators to create new projects, allot different levels of access to catalogers, and direct content to publishing targets.
We invited Lee T. Pearcy of Bryn Mawr College’s Department of Greek, Latin, and Classical Studies, to discuss the Classicizing Philadelphia project.
One way to think about America’s relationship with ancient Greece and Rome is to imagine a dialogue. Listen carefully as you wander around Philadelphia. You may be able to hear the conversation. Girard College emulates the Parthenon. The Art Museum, with its Corinthian porticoes and classical pediments, talks to Rome, and the Doric Waterworks below it talks to Greece. At the Arch Street Theater in 1858, Ernst Legouvé’s Medea talked to Euripides, and in the 2006 Mummers’ Parade, the Aqua String Band consulted Rome before it went “Roman Up Broad.” For three hundred years, Philadelphia has generated part of its own special look and feel, its culture, through a conversation with ancient Greece and Rome.
New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts (IFA) is engaged in a long-term archaeological research program to investigate the history of north Abydos, an area the ancient Egyptians viewed as having an extraordinary significance. The aim is to build a comprehensive understanding of the full range of ancient activity at the site, how this changed over time, how the meanings attached to the site were expressed and evolved, and how Abydos relates to the broader context of Egyptian history and culture.
Jason Varone and Shilpan Bhagat of NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts developed a data visualization program that provides a clear view of the university’s collection of art images. To achieve this, they exported the collection’s metadata through an API (application program interface) via Shared Shelf, and then they processed it to display it as colorful circles of proportionate sizes. They were so pleased with the benefits of getting a superficial view of their holdings that they have made the program available to other Shared Shelf users, who can now visualize their collections – of art images or any other media – in the same way. Shilpan shares the details in this video.
Maine is famous for its winters, and understandably so – snow accumulation can reach up to 10 feet in parts of the state. This offers an irresistible opportunity for play, as you can see in these vintage photographs from the ’40s and ’50s.
The images come from the Colbiana Collection at Maine’s Colby College. The archive is composed of Colby’s historical records from 1813 to the present, and many of its photographs are openly available on Shared Shelf Commons. Among the treasures to be found are the college’s first campus in downtown Waterville, the construction of the current campus on Mayflower Hill, as well as images of faculty and students making merry in the snow.