Friday Noon Lecture Series
Impact of New Information Resources: Multimedia and Networks


Issues in the Use of Electronic Images for the Arts and the Humanities

Michael Ester
Director, Luna Imaging

Systems which integrate text and images have long captured the imagination of the arts and the humanities. Early attempts at using electronic images have since given way to a near explosion of projects and conference sessions on electronic access to images. What are the issues in moving existing collections of photographic reproductions into electronic form? How do these new image resources compare to illustrated publications in libraries, museums, and study centers, and what will scholars be able to do with them? Despite much needed attention to technical problems, there has been little inquiry into the uses of visual resources by scholars and the ways in which computer systems and electronic publications can be made sympathetic to research practices. This presentation draws on a study on imaging by the Getty Art History Information Program and on the practical experience of Luna in carrying out imaging projects.

Luna Imaging, recently formed with support from the J. Paul Getty Trust and the Eastman Kodak Company, applies new forms of electronic imaging technology for use in the arts and the humanities. Luna offers services to convert collections of reproductions into digital form and use them electronically; it publishes collections of images related by theme or artist, together with the complex information needed to document objects and visual material; and it develops software and systems that allow institutions and individuals to access, view, manage, and study image collections.

Michael Ester is founding president of Luna Imaging. For almost a decade Dr. Ester served as Director of the Getty Art History Information Program (AHIP). Under Dr. Ester AHIP produced key contributions to standardization of information for the world of art and culture, including: the Art and Architecture Thesaurus, the Foundations for the Documentation of Architecture, the Union List of Artist Names, and the thesaurus of historical places. Dr. Ester personally directed the most significant study to date on image quality needs of scholars.

Friday April 29
145 Dwinelle
12:10-1:00

co-sponsored by the School of Library and Information Studies and the School of Journalism

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