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March 29, 2007 Kevin Hegg, Andreas Knab, Christina Updike James Madison University. Madison Digital Image Database User Group. VRA Conference 2007 Kansas City. Agenda. Developments since VRA Conference 2006 Upcoming features New features ImageViewer Guest speakers IMLS Grant

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march 29 2007 kevin hegg andreas knab christina updike james madison university
March 29, 2007

Kevin Hegg, Andreas Knab, Christina Updike

James Madison University

Madison Digital Image DatabaseUser Group

VRA Conference 2007

Kansas City

  • Developments since VRA Conference 2006
  • Upcoming features
  • New features
  • ImageViewer
  • Guest speakers
  • IMLS Grant
  • Questions
    • followed by “Ask the Experts” in Pavilion 1
developments since vra 2006
Developments since VRA 2006
  • Received Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) National Leadership Grant for "Making Connections: Linking MDID to Other Image Systems and Tools"
  • Released MDID2 0.7.4 and pre-0.8
  • Continued support through email and mailing list
    • Over 700 responses on MDID users mailing list
    • Over 100 support requests to
  • Hosted two online Q&A sessions
  • Updated and expanded MDID wiki at
shared content
Shared content
  • Six shared collections with over 9,000 images now available (see
    • Art Images for College Teaching
    • American Sheet Music of the early Twentieth Century
    • Historic Illustrations of Art and Architecture
    • John Tenniel and the American Civil War: Political Cartoons from Punch, 1860-1865
    • Madison Art Collection
    • Otis Artists’ Books Collection
pre release 0 8
Pre-release 0.8
  • Features:
    • New full-text search
    • New data import feature
    • Improved ImageManager
  • This release is available and can be used
  • Called “pre-release” because it does not have all the features that release 0.8 will have
upcoming features
Upcoming features
  • ImageMagick integration
    • Will fix thumbnail quality problems
  • Improved browse and search result screens
  • New browse terms screen
multimedia and archival files
Multimedia and archival files
  • Current model:
    • Each record has one associated image
    • Three derivatives of image stored on server
  • New model:
    • Each record has any number of associated local or remote resources
    • Local resources stored unmodified on server, for example archival images
    • Each resource has a thumbnail for display in search results
    • Derivatives of image resources created as needed and cached on server
  • Built on technology (Macromedia Director MX 2004) which has not been updated in several years
  • MacOS and Windows operating systems have evolved since last release of Macromedia Director
  • ImageViewer only runs in emulation mode on newer operating systems
  • Needs facelift and new functionality to support audio, video, predefined splits, etc.
  • Looking for new technology with which to build a new ImageViewer (or MediaViewer)
    • Must still run on both MacOS and Windows
    • Option 1: New version of Adobe Director rumored to be released in 2007
    • Option 2: Adobe Apollo and various SWF wrappers
  • Timeline: As soon as possible.
imls grant overview
IMLS Grant – Overview
  • 2006 National Leadership Grants for Libraries
  • Grant Category: Research and Demonstration
  • Project Title: "Making Connections: Linking MDID to Other Image Systems and Tools"
  • Description: JMU will research and develop the means of allowing its MDID to be used by more educators and with different systems and tools. The results of this project will allow users to access many more image collections and will serve as a model for interoperability in image systems.
imls grant guiding principles
IMLS Grant – Guiding Principles
  • We should be able to work with the tools and systems we prefer
  • We should be able to bring digital images from disparate and previously disconnected resources together in a single, coherent, easy-to-manage interface
  • Interoperability should work in both directions so that we aren’t forced to choose a particular system or set of tools
  • Interoperability should encourage individuals and institutions to share their images and image collections
imls grant making connections
IMLS Grant – Making Connections
  • Digital Asset Management (DAM) with some degree of Discovery/Access/Presentation (DAP) functionality
  • MDID as content consumer and provider
  • Examples
    • Almagest
    • ARTstor
    • CONTENTdm
    • Embark
    • Luna
    • MDID
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IMLS Grant – Making Connections
  • Online image collections and digital libraries
  • MDID as content consumer
  • Examples – freely accessible content
    • American Memory (Library of Congress)
    • George Eastman House
    • The Metropolitan Museum of Art
    • MOMA
    • NYPL Digital Gallery
    • SAH Image Exchange (architectural photos)
    • TimePix (images from Time Inc. publications)
    • Various Luna-powered collections
  • Examples – membership/subscription
    • ARTstor
    • CAMIO
    • CSA Illustrata
    • Grove Art Online
    • Prometheus
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IMLS Grant – Making Connections
  • Institutional repositories (systems for building, preserving and managing institutional output)
  • MDID as content provider and consumer
  • Examples
    • DigiTool (commercial)
    • Dspace (open source)
    • Fedora (open source)
imls grant making connections3
IMLS Grant – Making Connections
  • Content aggregators/gateways
  • MDID as content consumer and—for shareable collections—provider
  • Examples
    • MERLOT
    • OAIster
    • IMSL-DCC
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IMLS Grant – Making Connections
  • Online, media-sharing communities
  • MDID as content consumer
  • Examples
    • Flickr
    • PicasaWeb
    • Wikimedia Commons
    • YouTube
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IMLS Grant – Making Connections
  • Course Management Systems
  • MDID as content provider
  • Examples
    • ANGEL
    • Blackboard
    • Moodle
    • Sakai
    • WebCT
imls grant making connections6
IMLS Grant – Making Connections
  • Federated search engines
  • MDID as content provider
  • Examples
    • Central Search
    • LibraryFind
    • MetaLib
    • Muse
    • OpenSiteSearch
    • WebFeat
imls grant making connections7
IMLS Grant – Making Connections
  • Internet search engines
  • MDID as provider: small images and catalog data only or larger images for collections in the public domain
  • MDID as consumer: At least three major obstacles:
    • Image quality unpredictable
    • Catalog data almost non-existent
    • Rights issues.
  • Examples
    • Alta Vista
    • Google Image Search
    • Live Search (Microsoft)
    • Lycos Image Gallery
    • And many more (, IxquickMetasearch, picsearch)
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IMLS Grant – Making Connections
  • Standalone applications and browser-based tools for organizing, annotating, manipulating and displaying images
  • MDID as content provider
  • Examples
    • ARTstor’s OIV
    • MDID ImageViewer
    • Microsoft PowerPoint
    • Pachyderm
    • Scholar’s Box
    • VUE
imls grant interoperability
IMLS Grant – Interoperability
  • Data exchange standards, protocols, specifications, interfaces, and guidelines that might be used to connect MDID to other systems, collections and tools:
    • OAI-PMH and OAI-ORE
    • OKI OSID
    • Z39.50 and ZING SRU/SRW
    • RSS
    • OpenURL, REST, XML-RPC, SOAP, etc.
    • Proprietary APIs
      • ARTstor’s XML Gateway
      • Flickr’s API
      • RLG’s RLIN21
imls grant api definition
IMLS Grant – API Definition

“[An API is] the interface that a computer system or application provides in order to allow requests for service to be made of it by other computer programs, and/or to allow data to be exchanged between them.”

-- Wikipedia 3/19/2007

other news
Other News
  • Archivision now has an online MDID catalog and demo
  • CAMIO integration issues
    • CAMIO now owned by OCLC
  • MDID wiki at
  • MDID users list at
  • MDID project on SourceForge at
  • Email:

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  • Kevin HeggSoftware
  • Andreas KnabComputer Systems
  • Christina UpdikeVisual Resources

Further Information

  • Visit
  • Email
  • Also come to “Ask the Experts” session in Pavilion 1 immediately following this presentation
  • Please return your responses to theMDID User Survey