Curation Resources

Links to art library, art curation organisations and other websites offering advice and tips.

AMIA is the Association of Moving Image Archivists. They are based in the USA and have their own listserv. Their mission is “to advance the field of moving image archiving by fostering cooperation among individuals and organizations concerned with the acquisition, description, preservation, exhibition and use of moving image materials.”

ARLIS/ UK & Ireland
ARLIS, the Art Libraries Society describes itself as “the professional organisation for people involved in providing library and information services and documenting resources in the visual arts.” The UK society celebrated its fortieth birthday in 2009. The Visual Resources Commitee (one of eight committees and working parties) exists to support those with collections of visual materials other than books and journals, providing training and guidance for those with a responsibility for “visual images, both still and moving, analogue and digital.”

A guide created by the ASMP: American Society of Media Photographers, including best practices, workflow and preservation of digital resources.

Internet for Image Searching online training
A tutorial developed by JISC Digital Media (see below) and Intutue; devoted to finding images on the internet – a useful starting point for your staff and students.

JISC Digital Media
JISC Digital Media supports the UK’s FE and HE communities in their use of digital media, providing practical advice on the use of still images, moving images and sound. They also offer a well-established training programme: click here for further details.

Ken Watson’s All About Digital Photos
A site which deals with all of the issues of handling digital images in clear terms: especially useful is the section entitled ‘The Myth of DPI’.

Make it Digital guides
Created by ‘DigitalNZ’ and therefore destined primarily for New Zealanders, much of the content of the site is applicable to an international audience. This webpage deals with the tricky topic of choosing content for your digitisation project and includes six tips for creating a selection policy; there are also a host of other advice documents relating to digitisation, taking you through all processes.

Russell Brown’s Photoshop Tips
Adobe Photoshop tips,techniques and tutorials (Quick Time movies) provided as a free service from Adobe Systems and Russell Brown.

TinEye is a reverse image search engine. It finds out where an image came from using image identification technology rather than keywords. Simply upload an image or paste in a URL and watch it go to work.

Using Digital Images in Teaching and Learning
Practical advice showing how to find, create, adapt and use digital images for teaching and learning. A great user guide created by Nicky Ransom, formerly of the University of Reading Department of Art History.

VADS Services
VADS ‘Services’ provide advice to the digital image-using community, most notably with regards to projects relating to the visual arts community.

VRA: The Visual Resources Association
The ‘International Association of Image Media Professionals’, the association is multi-disciplinary and has members  working in education, culture and heritage and the commercial environment, all with an active interest in image management and curation. They create and promote standards; provide educational opportunities; support and advocate careers in visual resources management and represent the interests of the image-using community.

Helping you find, adapt and use digital images for teaching and learning


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