Special projects

Built Works Registry

Partner: The Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library at Columbia University
Announcement date: December 9, 2010

The Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library at Columbia University and ARTstor were awarded a three-year National Leadership grant by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to support the creation of a Built Works Registry (BWR), a community-generated data resource for architectural works and the built environment (see press release).

BWR will serve scholars, students, educators, librarians, and catalogers from academic and cultural heritage organizations worldwide, and will be openly accessible to the general public. The project will include the development of the BWR policy framework, metadata structure, technical infrastructure, and a body of seed content. The Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library at Columbia University and ARTstor will be the principal collaborators for this project, and the Getty Research Institute (GRI), nine other institutions, and an international Advisory Board will also participate throughout the three-year project development cycle. A key feature of BWR will be the collaborative aspect of the resource.

BWR data will be contributed to the Getty Vocabulary Programs Cultural Objects Name Authority (CONA) and will be a critical component to the controlled vocabulary warehouse in Shared Shelf, a cloud-based digital asset management service in development at Artstor. The BWRs goal is to create the system and tools to enable the gathering and widespread dissemination of a large and growing body of built works information.

For more information, visit the Built Works Registry blog.

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EMET (Embedded Metadata Extraction Tool)

Partner: Library of Congress
Announcement date: November 9th, 2010

EMET is a software tool that is freely available for download as a stand-alone application.  EMET is intended to facilitate management and preservation of digital images and their incorporation into external databases and applications.   EMET was created by ARTstor through funding from the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP). For programmers interested in reviewing and customizing the code, EMET is also available as an open source application on SourceForge.

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National Digital Stewardship Alliance

Partner: Library of Congress
Announcement date: September 30, 2010

ARTstor is pleased to serve as a founding member of the National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA) along with 50 other prominent organizations. As an outgrowth of the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP), the NDSA is headed by the Library of Congress as “a collaborative effort among government agencies, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, and businesses to preserve a distributed national digital collection for the benefit of citizens now and in the future.” 

ARTstor was invited to join the NDSA as the recipient of a grant through the NDIIPP program in 2007. The Library of Congress recognizes ARTstor for advancing the understanding of the management of born-digital still images by encouraging its contributing photographers to use embedded metadata as a means of packaging and delivering their content.  In fulfillment of the original grant, ARTstor advocates the use of existing metadata structures and tools for embedding metadata and has developed an application for extracting metadata — Embedded Metadata Extraction Tool (EMET). (See above)

As a member of the NDSA, Artstor will participate in two working groups: Standards and Practices and Infrastructure. Johanna Bauman, Senior Production Manager, will represent ARTstor in the Standards and Practices working group.  William Ying, Chief Information Officer, will participate in the Infrastructure working group.  Ying has years of expertise overseeing and building the architecture of the Digital Library and is now spearheading the development of Shared Shelf. ARTstor looks forward to continuing its work with the Library of Congress and the NDSA partners to advance the standards and practices of the digital preservation. For more information see the full announcement.

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Society of Architectural Historians Architecture Resources Archive (SAHARA)

Partner: The Society of Architectural Historians
Announcement date: April 23, 2008

The Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) received a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to develop the SAH Architecture Resources Archive (SAHARA), a dynamic online library of architectural and landscape images for research and teaching.

SAHARA is a collaboration among SAH, scholars of architectural history, librarians, and Artstor. Its aim is to share digital content that will advance the teaching, research, and preservation of architecture and the built environment. ARTstor serves as SAHARA's technology partner, developing the software tools to enable the uploading, downloading, cataloging, and sharing of images in an online environment. Scholars at SAHARA partner institutions (Brown University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and University of Virginia), as well as independent photographers and architectural historians, provided the content for SAHARA's initial launch in April 2009. Librarians and visual resources staff at the three institutions worked closely with the contributors to ensure that the high-quality images were accompanied with accurate cataloging information. The aim of SAHARA is to become encyclopedic in scope, presenting images of our built world from every corner of the globe.

For full description of the SAHARA project, please see the SAH Website.

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Judith and Holofernes Collection Project

Partner: Jessica E. Smith and Kevin R. Brine Charitable Trust
Announcement date: March 6, 2008

We are pleased to announce that the Jessica E. Smith and Kevin R. Brine Charitable Trust has given ARTstor a grant to build a themed collection on the story of Judith and Holofernes. This collection will be part of a larger project — The Judith Project — commissioned by the donor to enhance scholarship on The Book of Judith and its later lexical and iconographical traditions in Western culture from antiquity to the present.

As part of this project to promote new scholarship, approximately 30 international scholars were selected by the donor and an academic panel to present papers in a conference at the New York Public Library on April 17-18, 2008. The conference will be followed by scholarly research trips this summer, some of which will incorporate the capture of original photography for the Artstor collection. In addition to the conference and this special Artstor collection, The Judith Project will include a comprehensive bibliographic reference tool on the topos of Judith being created by the New York Public Library, as well as a wiki jointly created by the NYPL and Artstor that will serve as a scholarly commons. By embracing technological innovation, The Judith Project intends to provide scholars with new tools for multidisciplinary, creative collaboration. Well after the project formally concludes, this special Artstor collection will live on in the Library for ongoing study and scholarship. For more information about the project, please see: http://workshops.nypl.org/judith/.

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