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Louis Lafon, Railyard Scene, c. 1880. Image from The Trout Gallery, Dickinson College.

Louis Lafon, Railyard Scene, c. 1880. Image from The Trout Gallery, Dickinson College.

By James Shulman, Artstor President

When I was in Fort Worth for the ARLIS conference this spring, I learned a lot about the history of the cattle business in the post-Civil War period. The cities of the East and the West were hungry for Texas beef, but there was no practical way to get it to them. The age of the cowboy took place because a particular kind of soul was needed to lead the herds north from Fort Worth through exposed frontier to the train yards of Kansas City. But when the railroad reached Fort Worth (in 1886), everyone quickly adapted. The cattlemen soon realized that they could do more than load their cattle on trains at Fort Worth, and entrepreneurs raised capital from wealthy Boston investors to build “processing” plants at the Fort Worth rail yards. The moral of this story (and I’m sorry to have turned off the vegetarians in the reading audience) is simply that everyone involved in the process was more than happy to take advantage of infrastructure as it became available.

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Hans Holbein the Younger | Jean de Dinteville and Georges de Selve ('The Ambassadors') | 1533 | The National Gallery, London | Photograph ©The National Gallery, London

Hans Holbein the Younger | Jean de Dinteville and Georges de Selve (‘The Ambassadors’) | 1533 | The National Gallery, London | Photograph ©The National Gallery, London

We are looking for students in all concentrations to become the voice of Artstor on their campus for the Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 semesters, and we’ve extended the deadline until June 30th!

The selected participants will get to work with professionals from Artstor’s New York office to develop valuable business skills; learn how to create effective social media campaigns with campus-wide and international exposure; network at Artstor events with peers from institutions across the country; and add Artstor to their resume and receive a certificate of completion at the end of the program. Plus they get to take part in special events and win prizes!

To apply, fill out this questionnaire by June 30, 2015. We will reach out to selected candidates for a brief interview. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and selected candidates will be notified by July.

We encourage administrators and faculty members to pass this on to their students.

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Shanghai Tongji Urban Planning & Design Institute (TJUPDI) (Master Plan, Regulatory Plan, Special Subject Study and Plan), Shanghai EXPO overviews; flags representing all of the countries represented at the EXPO, 2010, Shanghai EXPO, Shanghai, China. Image and original data provided by Art on File, artonfile.com

Shanghai Tongji Urban Planning & Design Institute (TJUPDI) (Master Plan, Regulatory Plan, Special Subject Study and Plan), Shanghai EXPO overviews; flags representing all of the countries represented at the EXPO, 2010, Shanghai EXPO, Shanghai, China. Image and original data provided by Art on File, artonfile.com

We are looking for students in all concentrations to become the voice of Artstor on their campus for the Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 semesters.

Who are we looking for?
Good communicators who know and use the Artstor Digital Library in their studies and who are passionate about improving education.

What you get: 

  • Work with professionals from Artstor’s New York office to develop valuable business skills, such as event planning, marketing, and public speaking.
  • Learn how to create effective social media campaigns, including writing blog posts, with campus-wide and international exposure.
  • Network at Artstor events with peers from institutions across the country.
  • Add Artstor to your resume and receive a certificate of completion at the end of the program.
  • Take part in special events and win prizes!

To apply, fill out this questionnaire. We will reach out to selected candidates for a brief interview.

Deadline is June 12, 2015. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and selected candidates will be notified by June 19, 2015.

We encourage administrators and faculty members to pass this on to their students.

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We had another busy year at the Artstor Blog, with 161,000 visits in 2014. What were people clicking on? Here’s the list of the top ten most popular posts from last year:

  1. From Babylon to Berlin: The rebirth of the Ishtar Gate
  2. Finding the phenomenal women in fine art
  3. Dürer and the elusive rhino
  4. The travels and travails of the Mona Lisa
  5. The Museum of Natural History in The Catcher in the Rye
  6. Now available: Masterworks from the Berlin State Museums
  7. IFA Archaeological Project at Abydos: Shared Shelf in action
  8. Michelangelo, Raphael, and the Swiss Guard uniforms
  9. Après la Bastille: the changing fortunes of Marie Antoinette
  10. Reginald Marsh’s Coney Island

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Artstor Labs

Artstor Labs

Artstor is always working on improving its services. While you may notice some changes immediately, others might prove more subtle. In the case of Shared Shelf, our digital media management solution, the developments are sometimes dramatic as we work in close collaboration with users.

What is the thinking behind these changes? We’re pulling back the curtain in Artstor Labs (labs.artstor.org), a cross section of ideas, inspirations, and experiments that inform the ongoing digital design of Shared Shelf, the Digital Library, and other initiatives.

Focusing on topics related to visual culture, graphic design, and user experience, Artstor Labs offers a glimpse of our design process in relationship with the broader trends occurring in new media and digital humanities. In keeping with this spirit, entries are arranged hierarchically rather than chronologically to reflect their relationship with previous ideas. As the repository grows, a richly layered listing of nested links will track these ideas over time.

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2014 marks the 10th anniversary of Artstor as a live service. Throughout the year we will introduce you to the people behind our organization and the roles they play in supporting Artstor’s mission to use digital technology to enhance scholarship, teaching, and learning.
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Requests for new features for the Digital Library may come out of conversation with a user, a committee meeting, or by keeping an eye on what everyone else is doing, but the implementation should always happen in the same way.

It takes many hands to turn an idea for a feature into something our users can see. First, we need to document what the feature is. The product strategist along with the interaction designer will document the requirements and user flow. She’ll get input from the stakeholders (whoever asked for it) and the developer (whoever is going to build it). If the feature is a big one, it will be broken up into phases.

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2014 marks the 10th anniversary of Artstor as a live service. Throughout the year we will introduce you to the people behind our organization and the roles they play in supporting Artstor’s mission to use digital technology to enhance scholarship, teaching, and learning.

The core responsibilities of Artstor’s Metadata Department are to analyze, edit, enhance, and map the data we receive from our collection contributors, with the goal of aiding image discovery in the Digital Library. Working with the Collections, Legal, Production, and Technology teams, we strive to find efficient and innovative ways of adding new content to Artstor.

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