October 28, 2011
As requested, I am sharing details about the paper ‘Changing Light: a plethora of digital tools as slides gasp their last?’ that is now available online, which may be of interest to ACADI members.
Last Autumn, Marie-Therese Gramstadt undertook a ‘Slide Stats’ survey using the ARLIS-LINK and ACADI JISCMail lists, further information about the survey is available here: The death of slides? ACADI members were extremely generous with their time and contribution, and some of their responses have been incorporated into the ‘Changing Light’ paper.
November 3, 2009
E6 processing Labs that process colour slide (transparency) film are becoming harder to find. ACADI members recommend labs offering good service and value for money.
Image databases for art and design Opinions from ACADI members about how subscription image banks such as ArtSTOR, Bridgeman Education and Education Image Gallery compare in terms of cost, coverage and image quality. A list of current image database subscriptions from ACADI members’ institutions was distributed to the list.
Image management software A table has been compiled listsing the systems used by ACADI members to manage their image collections. Both database and user delivery applications are detailed, together with the metadata standards used in the projects.
Art and Design students’ questions about copyright. Various points of view were offered about how legislation and licences could apply to the incorporation of newspaper cuttings and other copyrighted material in collaged artworks.
Courtauld Image Collections Public access the image archives will be reduced as cost-cutting measure. The Witt Library, Conway Library and Photographic Survey will restrict opening to one day a week from September. There are concerns that the archives will not be able to sustain systematic image collection .
May 27, 2009
Members of ACADI petitioned DACS (The Design and Artists Copyright Society) on 5th March 2009 to explain our pressing need for a licence for the creation of digital images for use in the cultural and higher education sectors. Negotiations to secure such a licence have been ongoing for several years but to date no agreement has been reached.
ACADI members seek to provide high calibre, copyright cleared images and metadata for educational purposes. A digital image licence would allow image curators to provide images in the formats needed to be compatible with twenty-first century learning environments.
The failure to reach agreement and offer such a licence has left image curators powerless to provide the resources that are needed for use in education. The result is that UK institutions have been left behind as others throughout the world forge ahead in developing searchable image databases to support educational needs. DACS have since assured ACADI that such a licence is a priority for DACS and that rapid progress will be made towards the launch of a suitable licence. We await further news.
September 18, 2008
Nicky Ransom, Visual Resource Manager at the University of Reading has been working on a web site area about using digital images. Lots of really useful answers to key questsions: