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Olympic rings on the Sydney Harbour Bridge, 19 September 2000 …

[National Library of Australia]

Uluru (Ayers Rock) - Kata Tjuta National Park

[National Archives of Australia]

An elderly couple celebrating the breaking of the drought on Mt. Fraser Homestead …

[Museum Victoria]

Customs House

[State Library of New South Wales]

Images of Australiana – cultural agencies cooperate to bring their pictorial collections together at the one web site

www.pictureaustralia.org

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PictureAustralia – the concept

  • Need for a national discovery service as users do not know where images are located
  • Cross-sectoral approach: images are provided from museums, archives, galleries, libraries, universities or historical societies
  • For consistency in searching and locating images, proposed a central repository of descriptive information based on standard metadata
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Six \'Miss Australia\' finalists relax on a launch trip on Fremantle Harbour

[National Archives of Australia]

Praxis presents The Found Object…

[National Gallery of Australia]

Fremantle Lighthouse/ North Mole [Australian Heritage Commission]

IN AND AROUND FREMANTLE, WESTERN AUSTRALIA. [State Library of Victoria]

Fremantle with Rottnest Island in the distance, 1859…[National Library of Australia]

Fremantle, WA [State Library of New South Wales]

Elder Building [Australian Heritage Commission]

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The collection

  • Currently 37 agencies contributing to PictureAustralia
  • Images from libraries, museums, archives, galleries, universities, historical societies and other agencies
  • 4,212,359hits in May with 36, 000 new visitors
  • Over one million images are available through PictureAustralia at present
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Australia (The GreatBarrierReef)National Gallery of Australia

Australia [picture] : GreatBarrierReef,

Queensland /National Library of Australia

millionth image
Millionth Image

Vivan Bullwinkel, AO, MBE (1915-2000) c.1941

[Australian War Memorial]

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Blue Mountains National Park [Australian Heritage Commission]

1915 Edwards, Mary c.1915 [Lake Macquarie City Library]

The benefits of PictureAustralia

  • For users
    • single web access point to many collections
    • simple searching
    • access to a wide range of images
    • trails
  • For participating agencies
    • increased visibility and use of collections
    • diversity of users
    • collaborative approach
    • possible source of revenue
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The service architecture

  • Low technical investment is required by participants
  • A harvester copies metadata in the Dublin Core format from participants’ web sites
  • Software platform - TeraText by Inquirion
  • A central metadata index is created at the National Library
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Hybrid model of harvesting metadata
  • OAI

http://www.openarchives.org/organization/index.html

  • Full web harvests
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Who is PictureAustralia for?

  • All Australians with an interest in our culture and history
  • Overseas users interested in Australia
  • Researchers, family historians, writers, publishers, students, teachers, architects etc.
  • To make the service generally accessible there are no special software or hardware requirements for use, just a standard PC, web browser and modem

Miranda Coney and Albert David in a study for Stephen Page\'s "Rites", 1997[National Library of Australia]

Moreton Bay Fig growing through bench - New farm Park; 1994[Brisbane City Council Library]

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PictureAustralia users

  • Demographics
  • Accessing the Service
  • Searching for:
  • Places, people, architecture, events, animals, artefacts, fine arts

nursing sisters of the Canberra Community Hospital

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PictureAustralia promotion

  • Individual postcards distributed nationally through universities, cafes, galleries, community centres and other public places
  • Promotional materials materials mailed out to all Australian schools, public libraries, historical societies, galleries and museums
  • Additional promotion includes:
    • web links from other sites
    • articles and advertising in journals
    • presentations at conferences and other demonstrations
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The way forward

  • Development of new technologies
  • Additional picture trails – increasing user involvement
  • Continue to target potential new collections to strengthen the service
  • Collaboration with educational institutions

Juniorgirlscookingclass, 1957

Swinburne University of Technology

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Miss Pacific finalists Mary Clifton Smith, Pamela Jansen and Judy Worrad, stand in front of surf boards on Bondi Beach, Sydney, New South Wales, 1952[National Archives of Australia]

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