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Humanist Discussion Group (willard@lists.village.virginia.edu)
Wed, 24 Nov 1999 12:50:57 -0500 (EST)

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 13, No. 293.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

[1] From: NINCH-ANNOUNCE <david@ninch.org> (209)

[2] From: NINCH-ANNOUNCE <david@ninch.org> (160)
Subject: Resources: Ancient World Atlas Projects

[3] From: NINCH-ANNOUNCE <david@ninch.org> (59)
Subject: UK Museums Resources: "Museums and the Information

Date: Wed, 24 Nov 1999 17:23:21 +0000
From: NINCH-ANNOUNCE <david@ninch.org>

News on Networking Cultural Heritage Resources
from across the Community
November 24, 1999



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Readers may be interested in a new discussion list designed for inquiries
as well as deeper, structured discussion on issues related to hiumanities
image-based computing. LOOKSEE is organized by Matt Kirschenbaum at the
University of Kentucky. For further information go to LOOKSEE's Webpage
.. Here is an earlier introductory comment from Matt: "As noted in the
introductory message, however, I also intend that LOOKSEE be a venue for
more structured kinds of discussion, in which participants will be asked to
turn their attention to particular topics that will unfold in sequence.
(Our first such topic will be medical imaging and informatics.) In short, I
envision LOOKSEE as a space for both informal exchange and for directed
discussion, with the group eventually working towards some collaborative
applied research.



>Original- >Date: Fri, 24 Sep 1999 14:42:36 +0100 ()
> >From: Neil Beagrie <neil.beagrie@ahds.ac.uk>
>To: ahds-all@mailbase.ac.uk

On Fri, 24 Sep 1999 14:34:50 +0100 Catherine Grout
<cath@vads.ahds.ac.uk> wrote:

> I am pleased to announce the presence of the following report which
> should be of interest to list members
> Best Wishes
> Catherine
> ---------------------------------------------
> Graham, Margaret E. Description and indexing of images: report of a
> survey of ARLIS members, 1998/99. Institute for Image Data Research,
> University of Northumbria at Newcastle, 1999.
> This report presents the findings of a survey of UK art and picture
> libraries into the description and indexing of images, carried out
> within the Institute for Image Data Research, University of
> Northumbria at Newcastle, in the period November 1998 to January 1999.
> The report covers background information on the context of the survey;
> the methodology adopted; presentation and discussion of the findings;
> and, a summary and conclusions.
> In the Autumn of 1998, the Institute for Image Data Research was
> commissioned by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) of the
> Higher Education Funding Councils to prepare a state of the art report
> on Content-Based Image Retrieval (URL:
ir.html) , with particular emphasis
> on the capabilities and limitations of current technology, and the
> extent to which it is likely to prove of practical use to users in
> higher education and elsewhere. The ARLIS Survey was carried out in
> order to inform a section of the report to do with current techniques
> for image and video retrieval. It also gave the researchers the
> opportunity to find out what were some of the issues to do with the
> management of image collections and current cataloguing and indexing
> practices.
> The questionnaire was distributed in early November 1998 to 181
> institutional members of the Art Libraries Society of the UK. By
> January 1999, sixty-one completed questionnaires had been returned
> representing fifty-eight organisations.
> A summary of the findings is as follows:
> Survey respondents:
> The majority of the respondents (60%) were from academic institutions,
> representing the further and higher education community.
> Image collections maintained:
> The image collections maintained by respondents included the following
> types: slides (35 mm); video; photographs (positives); photographs
> (negatives); posters; prints; paintings; drawings; transparencies (5"x
> 4"); fabrics; film; art reproductions; illustrations/cuttings; and
> lantern slides. The most popular combination of types in any
> collection was '35 mm slides' and 'videos'.
> The extent of digitisation is low, with just under a quarter of
> respondents (23%) reporting that they had digitised some or, in one
> case, all of their image collections. Some had grants to undertake
> partial digitisation and one or two were about to start a digitisation
> project.
> Cataloguing and indexing practices:
> Three quarters of the respondents formally described their images,
> although the level of description varied considerably across
> organisations and sometimes between types of material within the one
> organisation. Artist/photographer, Title and Date were the most
> popular descriptors.
> For each type of image, with the exception of video, the majority of
> respondents used in-house rules to describe their images, although
> several indicated that practice varied between different types of
> image. In the case of videos, the majority used the Anglo-American
> Cataloguing Rules. Specific tools for describing non-text items, such
> as the standards developed by the Museum Documentation Association and
> the Visual Resources Association, were in use by a small number.
> There was a wide variation in the way images were described in terms
> of their content, e.g. subject, period, genre, etc. In most cases,
> Title was ranked highest alongside Subject headings.
> The majority of respondents used in-house schemes to classify and
> index their images. The Dewey Decimal Classification was the most
> popular classification scheme in use, particularly for videos.
> Specialist schemes such as Social History and Industrial
> Classification, the Art and Architecture Thesaurus, Thesaurus of
> Graphic Materials, and ICONCLASS, were in use by a small number of
> respondents.
> Two thirds of the respondents maintained catalogues and indexes for
> some or all of their image collections. The most popular type were
> manual indexes and catalogues, followed by online catalogues and
> database management systems. Only a small proportion used image
> management systems.
> Issues to do with indexing images:
> Just over half the respondents (52%) were not satisfied with the
> content indexing of their image collections, whilst 42% indicated that
> they were satisfied. Of the former, 55% indicated that more in-depth
> indexing was required or that not enough subject terms or keywords
> were assigned.
> The three most important problems or issues that arose when
> cataloguing and indexing images were: aspects of the indexing process
> itself; resources (i.e. time, money or people); and, the indexing
> tools available (or, sometimes, the lack of an appropriate tool).
> Issues to do with searching for images:
> The three most important problems or issues which users experience
> when searching and retrieving images were: the indexing policies or
> practices in the institutions concerned; aspects of users' information
> seeking behaviour; and, the type of index available and how this
> affected the way users searched and retrieved images.
> Content-Based Image Retrieval (CBIR):
> On the whole, more respondents thought that CBIR techniques would be
> of some use to the users of their image collections than thought they
> would be of no use, although there was some variation across types of
> image. However, several respondents indicated that they were not
> sure, or did not know, if CBIR would be of use to their users.
> Retrieval by colour and shape were considered more useful than
> retrieval by texture.
> Uses of images:
> The three most popular uses of images were: supporting lectures,
> seminars and teaching; private study and research; and publications.
> ________________________________
> The report is available at:
> Printed versions of the report are available from the author.
> Margaret Graham
> Research and Development Manager
> Institute for Image Data Research
> University of Northumbria at Newcastle
> Newcastle upon Tyne
> NE1 8ST
> Tel: 0191 227 4646
> Fax: 0191 227 4637
> Email: margaret.graham@unn.ac.uk
> --
> *Catherine Grout*Visual Arts Data Service Project Manager*
> **Surrey Institute of Art & Design**Farnham**Surrey**
> ****URL: <http://vads.ahds.ac.uk>http://vads.ahds.ac.uk *tel: 01252
> Providing, preserving and promoting . . .
> high quality digital resources for the visual arts

Neil Beagrie Tel: +44 (0)171 928 7991
Assistant Director Fax: +44 (0)171 928 6825
The Executive
Arts and Humanities Data Service Email: neil.beagrie@ahds.ac.uk
King's College London
Strand, London WC2R 2LS, UK

Date: Wed, 24 Nov 1999 17:27:11 +0000
From: NINCH-ANNOUNCE <david@ninch.org>
Subject: Resources: Ancient World Atlas Projects

News on Networking Cultural Heritage Resources
from across the Community
November 24, 1999

Ancient World Atlas Projects

>Date: Tue, 23 Nov 1999 11:08:41 -0500
>From: Carolyn Kotlas <carolyn_kotlas@unc.edu>
>To: infobits@unc.edu
CIT INFOBITS November 1999 No. 17 ISSN 1521-9275


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Directory of Educational Technology Dissertations
International Journal of Educational Technology
A Virtual Tour of ERIC
Ancient World Atlas Projects Links
More Atlases on the Web
How to Proctor from a Distance
Teaching and Learning Journal
Occasional Papers in Open and Distance Learning
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On November 3rd, Richard Talbert and Thomas Elliot gave a presentation
on Ancient World Atlas Projects for the UNC-CH Scholarly Communication
Working Group. Here are the URLs for the projects that were discussed.

Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World
The Barrington Atlas (to be published by Princeton University Press in
September 2000) traces ancient Greeks and Romans, the lands they
penetrated, and the peoples and cultures they encountered in Europe,
North Africa and Western Asia.

Interactive Ancient Mediterranean
IAM is an online atlas of the ancient Mediterranean world designed to
serve the needs and interests of students and teachers in high school,
community college and university courses in classics, ancient history,
geography, archaeology and related fields.

The Apollo Project
The Apollo Project site provides a large, searchable, online library of
images relating to Classical Antiquity. The purpose of this site is to
collect and catalog imagery useful in the Ancient Studies' classroom.

Register of Ancient Geographic Entities
The Register of Ancient Geographic Entities (RAGE) is intended to serve
as a clearinghouse where users can identify geographic features covered
in a variety of projects. It does not duplicate the functionality of
those projects, nor does it duplicate their data, except for names of
features that the projects have registered. For end users, it provides
a means of identifying complementary material from multiple sources;
for collaborators, it isolates and frees them from the problem of
interpreting multiple names for a single object.

The Stoa Waypoint Database
The Stoa Waypoint Database is a repository of geographic coordinates
for sites, features, objects, routes, etc. of the ancient world. The
goal of the database is to facilitate the sharing of geographic
information among a wide audience for study and research purposes.

Perseus Project
The Perseus Project is an evolving digital library of resources for the
study of the ancient world and beyond. Collaborators initially formed
the project to construct a large, heterogeneous collection of
materials, textual and visual, on the Archaic and Classical Greek

Perseus Atlas Index

For more information about the UNC-CH Scholarly Communication Working
Group, see their website at



MAPPA.MUNDI MAGAZINE focuses on "representations not just of
geographical knowledge but also of the realms of spirit, of myth, and
of imagination." The publication is a rich resource for map
enthusiasts, webmasters trying to map complex websites, and researchers
trying to visualize complex masses of data.

Articles and links from the November 1999 issue include:

"The Atlas of Cyberspaces," created by Martin Dodge, a Researcher in
the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) at University College
London, is an "atlas of maps and graphic representations of the
geographies of the new electronic territories of the Internet, the
World-Wide Web and other emerging Cyberspaces." The atlas includes
examples of how people try to visualize and represent link structures
of the Web, the social patterns of an electronic community, and site
maps of complex Web sites.

"Imaginary Places," by Stephanie Faul, director of public relations for
the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, provides links on geography in
fictional works by Daniel Defoe, Thomas Hardy, J. R. R. Tolkien, James
Thurber, and others.

Mappa.Mundi is available on the Web at no cost at

Mappa.Mundi Magazine is published by Invisible Worlds, Inc., 660 York
Street, San Francisco CA 94110 USA. For more information, contact:
Marty Lucas, Editor; tel: 219-896-4952; fax: 219-896-3013; email:



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Date: Wed, 24 Nov 1999 17:27:39 +0000
From: NINCH-ANNOUNCE <david@ninch.org>
Subject: UK Museums Resources: "Museums and the Information Age"

News on Networking Cultural Heritage Resources
from across the Community
November 24, 1999

UK "Museums & the Information Age" Resources

Readers may be interested in some UK developments. Suzanne Keene, head of
Collections Management at London's Science Museum is the author of "Digital
Collections: Museums and the Information Age," published recently by
Butterworth Press

Here, she announces a useful website for keeping track of UK developments.
Note especially the link to the UK's National Lottery Fund's Guidelines for
its New Opportunities digitization fund

David Green


>Date: Tue, 23 Nov 1999 18:21:25 +0000 ()
> >From: Susan Jephcott <susan.jephcott@ahds.ac.uk>
>To: ahds-all@mailbase.ac.uk
>Dear all
>You might find my lists of links useful - to information about matters
>digital to do with museums, and also libraries and archives since such
>strong connections are developing:
>Suzanne Keene
>Dr Suzanne Keene
>Head of Collections Management, Science Museum, London, SW7 2DD, UK
>Phone: 44 (0)20 7942 4110/1 Fax: 44 (0)20 7942 4112
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