Images for the Web: Managing Digital Access ProjectsPeter B. Hirtle , Cornell University, USA
Carol A. DeNatale , H.F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, USA
Session: Workshop 4
The workshop will stress the importance of clear program goals in any web digital access project. Until you know what you want the digital images to be able to do, it is impossible to know what kind of digital capture to undertake. Potential projects should consider especially whether the digital files are going to be used for multiple purposes, such as web presentation and high-end printing, and also for how long the images need to be of use. With clear program goals in mind, discussion can then turn to the range of digitization hardware and software options available that can meet those needs. The workshop will also consider requirements for digital storage needs, access mechanisms, and the staffing and work flow arrangements needed to produce digital images. Finally, the workshop will address management issues associated with the creation of metadata to accompany digital images. Digital images by themselves are of little use, unless they are accompanied with metadata that can describe, control, and provide access points to the images. Managers of digital access projects must also consider options for the staffing, work flow, and costs associated with metadata creation.
Throughout the workshop Cornell's experience in creating and controlling digital images for delivery on the web will be cited as a real-life case study. Participants in the workshop should leave with a better understanding of, and some possible solutions for, the complexities (and some of the pitfalls) associated with managing a large digital access project.
Background on the Cornell Project:
1) Overview of the project: http://cidc.library.cornell.edu/Info/museum.html
2) Newspaper article on the project's launch: http://www.news.cornell.edu/Chronicles/1.29.98/digital_museum.html