Washington National Gallery of Art announces new image resource and open access policy

March 20, 2012

Great news for anyone wanting to use images for either teaching or publication from the National Gallery of Art in Washington; over 20,000 open access images are being made available for free and without the need to first contact the museum to seek permissions. Enjoy!

The “new” wishlist aka ‘Proposal for a digital image database licence’

April 5, 2011

This is a re-work of the wishlist (see Jenny’s earlier post) – a much scaled-down version that we nonetheless hope represents ACADI’s needs for a digital image licence, whilst being a more realistic target for the licensing bodies.

It was put together by Katie Hambrook, Jenny Godfrey, Matt Davies and Vicky Brown on behalf of ACADI in March 2011.

Proposal for a digital image database licence

We welcome any thoughts or comments.

ACADI list discussions Summer 2010

September 21, 2010

ACADI Summer Meeting

An enjoyable and useful meeting of ACADI members was held at the University of Nottingham. Many thanks to Matt for his hospitality. The minutes can be be found in the members’ area.

An updated list of image database subscriptions and image management systems used at ACADI members’ institutions will be added to the members’ area.

There was a report on the most recent developments towards a digital image licensing scheme for educational use. Feedback from ACADI members will be passed back to the working party.

Slide archiving and slide collection disposal policies were discussed. Is there a way of recycling slides? Can they be offered to academics without contravening licence agreements?

Discussions about new image software and resources

Free open source image or digital asset management systems

A new subscription image database

A social bookmarking service for images

New look ACADI blog

June 25, 2010

The ACADI image curators blog has been redesigned with a new structure and new content.

The new pages offer  information and advice for those working with art and design images in education. The content was selected and compiled by ACADI members.

The Image Curation section offers image metadata and image copyright advice.

For help with  finding art and design image suppliers or images licensed for educational purposes, look in the Image Sources section

Recent ACADI discussion topics

March 17, 2010

Here are some of the subjects discussed on the ACADI email list. Please join us to find out more!

DACS digital image licence In a very welcome development, DACS has responded to a petition from ACADI and ARLIS  members with a draft licence. Comments and questions from members will be collated and presented to DACS by a representative steering group in the near future.

Credo Reference subscription online database has signed an agreement to include high-resolution National Gallery images and information in the Credo General Reference Collection.

ACRL (Association of College and Research Libraries) Image Resources Interest Group This new organisation has been formed in the US to investigate “issues around interdisciplinary image support in academic libraries”. http://connect.ala.org/node/78932

Safeguarding Analogue or physical copies of resources. Two reports were mentioned which discussed options for journals (The UK Research Reserve) and books ( Artlibraries.net)

Recent ACADI discussion topics

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 .

New Pre-Raphaelite online resource

June 26, 2009

Birmingham Museums & Art Gallerys have digitised their Pre-Raphaelite collection and are making it available for free to educational users and the general public. Follow the link to take a look (you will need to Microsoft Silverlight to ‘zoom’):


Google to add 10 million LIFE magazine images

December 4, 2008

Google Inc. has said that it plans to add as many as 10 million photos and digitized images from the Life magazine archives over the next few months. Some of the images date back to the 1750s, and many have never been published. They will be available via Google Image Search.

For the full text of the announcement on Google’s blog click here

New book ‘Digital Images for the Information Professional’

November 28, 2008
I came across a reference to a new book ‘Digital Images for the Information Professional’, which looks interesting, although I haven’t got a copy myself so I can’t vouch for it.
It’s written by Melissa Terras from University College London, and covers: The history of digital images; Digital image fundamentals; Image file formats; Digital images and memory institutions; Personal digital image collections; Image metadata; and Current issues in digital imaging.

Further details can be found at: http://www.ashgate.com/default.aspx?page=637&calcTitle=1&title_id=8930&edition_id=9780.

Using Digital Images in Teaching and Learning

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: