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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.

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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.

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1952 Winter Carnival | Colbiana Photographs |  Colby College Special Collections, Waterville, Maine

1952 Winter Carnival | Colbiana Photographs | Colby College Special Collections, Waterville, Maine

Virginia Duggan, Winter Carnival Queen | Colbiana Photographs | Colby College Special Collections, Waterville, Maine

Virginia Duggan, Winter Carnival Queen | Colbiana Photographs | Colby College Special Collections, Waterville, Maine

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.

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Rob Stevenson  | Snapping Turtle Upclose View of Face |2004 | UMASS Boston;  Field Guide of Biodiversity Images |Photographic credit: Susan Speak

Rob Stevenson | Snapping Turtle Upclose View of Face |2004 | UMASS Boston; Field Guide of Biodiversity Images |Photographic credit: Susan Speak

Rob Stevenson’s Electronic Field Guide Project’s image collection is composed of more than 200 images of turtles, many of them photographed by Susan Speak. Stevenson is an Associate Professor in the Biology Department at UMass Boston, where he works on problems related to conservation physiology, environmental informatics, and science education.

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Willard Stewart | Dickinson Mansion | 1930s | Kent County, Delaware | Willard Stewart WPA and HABS Photographs of Delaware

Willard Stewart | Dickinson Mansion | 1930s | Kent County, Delaware | Willard Stewart WPA and HABS Photographs of Delaware

Artstor has collaborated with the University of Delaware and Washington University in St. Louis to provide access to nearly 13,000 high-quality images in the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). The collections were originally made available to the public in Shared Shelf Commons, an open-access library of images from institutions that subscribe to Shared Shelf, Artstor’s Web-based service for cataloging and managing digital collections.

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Charleston Conference 2013
November 6-9
Charleston, SC

Artstor/Shared Shelf staff is attending the Charleston Conference. Drop by table 75 on Wednesday, November 6, 10 AM-6 PM, to find out what’s new (there’s a lot). That same day, Katie O’Connell, Artstor User Services Associate, will moderate “From Accession to Access: Opening Collections through the Digital Public Library of America” from noon to 12:30 PM. Speakers will be Artstor Collection Development Manager Ian McDermott and Camilla MacKay, head of the Rhys Carpenter Library, Scholarly Communications librarian, and editor of the Bryn Mawr Classical Review. More info here. Also, Shared Shelf staff will present a “Five Minute Preview” at Charleston Premiers, November 9, 8:00-9:30 AM; full details here.

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ARLIS UK and Ireland Annual Conference 2013
July 10-12, 2013
University of Bristol, Bristol, UK

Join ARTstor President James Shulman for a discussion on “the shared management of image content: open works registries and content sharing networks,” 2:30-3:15 PM and 3:45-4:30 PM. Visit the ARLIS UK and Ireland Conference website to learn more.

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Good news: Shared Shelf subscribers can now bulk-publish image files and associated metadata to collections in Omeka.net.

With the Shared Shelf Link plugin, metadata is mapped to Omeka’s Dublin Core fields from customizable schemas in Shared Shelf to publish projects to an Omeka.net site.

To get started using this plugin, contact Shared Shelf Support.

Want to find out more about Shared Shelf? Watch this short video.

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Vera V. Zlatarski has been named ARTstor’s new General Counsel and Secretary. Ms. Zlatarski is responsible for overseeing ARTstor’s legal affairs and managing the organization’s legal team. She succeeds Gretchen Wagner, who served in the position from 2003 to 2013.

From 2004 to 2012, Ms. Zlatarski served as General Counsel, and, from 2009 to 2012, Secretary, of the Rainforest Alliance, an international nonprofit organization that works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behavior.  In her position, she was responsible for the legal affairs of the organization and its branches and affiliates across the globe; provided legal counsel to the board, senior management, and other staff on a broad range of corporate, regulatory and compliance matters; and served as corporate secretary of the parent organization.

Before that, she was a corporate associate at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton from 1999 to 2004 , where her work included assisting the American Museum of Natural History and advising the Opelousas Museum of Art, Magnum Photos, and public artists.  She also served on the New York City Bar Association’s Art Law Committee from 2003 to 2006 and on the Nonprofit Organizations Committee from 2007 to 2010.

Ms. Zlatarski graduated magna cum laude with distinction in History of Art from Yale and received a law degree from Columbia. While studying at Columbia, she was an editor of the Columbia-VLA Journal of Law and the Arts and was awarded the Andrew D. Fried Memorial Prize for an article on intellectual property and related law.

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Shannon Michalak, the Visual Resources Curator at Wright State University, discusses the benefits of Shared Shelf and explains how it’s funded with a nominal student Technology Fee.

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