2017-2018 Workshop Roster

Can We Do That? : Intellectual Property Rights and Visual Media

A thorough understanding of intellectual property rights can be a challenge for lawyers, let alone information professionals, and the application of copyright restrictions on visual media can induce a sense of alarm and uncertainty dependent upon specific circumstances.  This workshop will provide a clear focus on U.S. copyright law, intellectual property rights, and fair use as they pertain to the use of visual media (e.g., images and moving images) within the academic, archival, library, gallery, and museum environments.  Information about image licensing, public domain resources, format conversion, educational usage, rights statements, securing publication rights, and creative reuse will be provided along with the tools and resources to help determine fair usage.

Collaborating across the Institution: Creating Professional Partnerships to Support Cultural Heritage

University, gallery, archive, and museum professionals are finding mutually beneficial new ways to work together to develop and deliver cultural heritage resources. Improved discovery and access in the digital age is a shared value by many individual constituents and there is increasing overlap in the work of librarians, archivists, curators, researchers, and educators.  As heritage intuitions increasingly emphasize institution-wide rather than local or departmental resources, collaborations and partnerships between these units can help further common goals, streamline budgets, and create broader access to richer cultural heritage resources. Moreover, creating these partnerships supports the institution and the individual by expanding job scope, skills, and network. This workshop will provide concrete strategies for building stronger professional collaborations. The workshop will also explore in depth the benefits and barriers to creating collaborations and will offer specific techniques to ensure successful partnerships.

Documenting Cultural Heritage: Strategies and Spaces for Digital Capture

“Digital capture” encompasses a broad range of technologies and processes. While the role of a digitization space has historically revolved around slide and flatbed scanners, these represent just two of many possible approaches to digital imaging. The first part of this workshop will explore traditional methods for digital capture, including scanners, DSLR cameras, copystands, lighting, and specialized imaging devices for specific uses. Part two of the day will take participants beyond the basics by focusing on emerging technologies and their impact on the capture, dissemination, and storage of cultural materials.  All workshop content will be framed within the important questions you should be asking when planning the present and future directions of your digital capture project or facilities. Participants will also receive significant supplemental material, including recommended equipment, buying guides, and a variety of workflow documents from several institutions. When combined with the presented information, participants will have the tools in place to build an efficient digitization space that is as unique as their specific resources and project needs.

Exhibit, Instruct, Promote: An Introduction to Omeka For Digital Scholarship 

Omeka is a rich, open-source web-publishing tool with a diverse array of functions for digital scholarship projects. For information professionals, faculty and students, Omeka can provide an easy way to publish and share digital content, as well as serve as a platform for building online exhibitions as academic and/or student projects.  In this workshop, participants will be provided with a comprehensive overview of both Omeka.net (hosted) and Omeka.org (installed on a server) and case studies that demonstrate the use of Omeka in a variety of contexts, ranging from providing access to digital collections to projects that engage students in the learning process. While focused on Omeka, this workshop also will touch on new developments in tools for digital scholarship and offer practical information for planning digital projects.

Learning to Look and Looking to Learn: A Workshop on Visual Literacy 

As our culture moves from an oral tradition to a visual one, an increasing emphasis is being placed on developing the visual literacy skills of both educators and students, uniquely positioning those who work with visual media to provide necessary visual literacy training and instruction.  This workshop will provide the tools to develop and implement a visual literacy training program at their institution. Visual literacy competencies, pedagogical approaches, and evaluative tools and methods will be outlined and discussed.

Managing Digital Content

It has never been easier for institutions and individuals to create digital content.  From smartphones to 3D printers to livestreams on social networks, the digital age has both radically increased accessibility to these tools as well as dramatically simplified the process of digital capture.  Yet how does one manage this explosion of content, and how to deal with its consequences?  This day-long workshop will introduce attendees to the core concepts of managing digital content by providing the background and tools to effectively organize, catalog and distribute your institution’s digital assets.  Workflows from successful digitization projects will be discussed, including intellectual property and rights assessments, content distribution and long-term archival storage.   Types of content discussed will include images, audio, video as well as e-books and other electronic publications. You will leave with a comprehensive sense of the practical tools and skills required for digital projects at cultural heritage institutions.

Metadata and Management of Cultural Heritage Digital Media: From Fundamental to Future Trends

Cataloging, crosswalks, and controlled vocabularies are among the many topics covered in this workshop that addresses metadata for digital media.  Participants will receive an overview of standards such as VRA Core and Dublin Core, as well as how to manage, share, and publish datasets to various targets (e.g. institutional website and aggregators) using schema like XML, XMP and IPTC. Embedded metadata and associated embedding tools will also be discussed as related to the easy transfer of data. The second half of the workshop will address the latest developments in metadata, including Linked Open Data (LOD), Resource Description Format (RDF) and other preservation metadata and authoritative taxonomies.   Participants will discuss how the visual resources and digital media management community can participate in these developments.

Moving Images: The Basics and Beyond

What do you need to know to protect the film and video materials in your collection?  What materials need to be digitized, and how do you protect these valuable digital assets? The workshop will cover the basics of audiovisual collection care and first steps on how to plan a digital preservation project, including options for file formats, metadata, workflow, and long-term storage. Participants will also learn how to determine the advantages of in-house conversion and that of outsourcing. There will be a hands-on part of the day when we’ll get to handle, inspect and minimally catalog a variety of audiovisual formats.

The International Image Interoperability Framework: What is it, and how can I use it?

Access to image-based resources is fundamental to research, scholarship and the transmission of cultural knowledge. Digital images are a container for much of the information content in the Web-based delivery of images, books, newspapers, manuscripts, maps, scrolls, single sheet collections, and archival materials. Yet much of the Internet’s image-based resources are locked up in silos, with access restricted to bespoke, locally built applications. The International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) is a set of shared application programming interface (API) specifications for interoperable functionality in digital image repositories. The IIIF is comprised of and driven by a community of libraries, museums, archives, software companies, and other organizations working together to create, test, refine, implement and promote the IIIF specifications. This workshop will provide a clear sense of what IIIF is, how it works, and how it can be applied to enhance image access and resource sharing.