El Camino College's Digital Image Collection
- Fine Arts Division -
The original goal of creating a digital image collection was to provide digital images for the art history and art instructors of the Fine Arts Division. To digitize such images, we are using the Art History courses as templates to cover the wide range of art. There are 7 art history courses: Art 1: Art and Modern Life, Art 2: Prehistoric-Gothic, Art 3: Renaissance - 19th Century, Art 4: 19th Century - Modern, Art5ab: - Asian Art, Art 6 Honors: Cross Cultural Art:, Art 7: Mesoamerican and Latin American Art. Currently we have successfully digitized 4 art history courses (Art 1, 3, 6 and 7) with plans to continue with Art 2, 4, and 5ab which would complete the canon. The process of digitizing being accomplished by our Technician Jennifer Borland who is scanning images from slides and books and then creating a catalog with necessary information to identify the image. Catalog entry includes:
Currently participating Fine Arts faculty are supplied with the images through CD's and with the catalog (posted as a website) for the construction of their lectures. In broad terms, this limits the scope of the project to faculty use only and denies student access due to copyright issues. We would like expand the project by creating web access database which can be utilized by the entire college and would remedy student access but still respect copyright restrictions.
Though designed specifically for Fine arts (Art and Art History instructors) this does not limit other instructors to integrate these images into their curriculum. History, architecture,
history instructors and students would benefit from the database. Architecture instructors and students
El Camino College has lagged far behind the technological revolution in higer education.
Security and Technical Challenges:
If the creation of the database is possible several technical and security issues would have taken into account.
This information must be limited to campus use only or secured through My ECC or a VPN (or equivalent) client that can allow a user (student or faculty) to login from a remote location.
Access for faculty and students must be different. Example: Faculty would have greater powers to download and save images, where students could only view images.
User access agreement. A user access agreement must be signed by all users at the initial creation of an user account, or at each entry into the database.
The program must allow for searching. Searching entry's could include: keyword, title, artist - (tailored to the existing catalog).
If possible for faculty to have the images download directly into Power Point or allow to save the images directly on the computer.
Printing function - Allow for image print outs including thumbnail and full images with and without the catalog data
Download or "copy" the catalog entry's into the Power Point for lecture construction.
Save section = "My Images / My Slide Shows" to allow faculty to save images in preparation for lectures. To allow student to "save" images for course reviews. "My Folder" within the program which would abide the copyright restrictions.
Examples of Existing Searchable Databases:
UCLA, Visual Resources Collection - http://digidev.library.ucla.edu/arthistory-dev/librarian?SEARCHPAGE
NASA - http://nix.nasa.gov/
MDID - http://www.mdid.org/demo/
ArtStor - http://www.artstor.org/info/