Development of Cultural Information Sources Using Digital Multimedia

Information Studies 208, UCLA  Spring 2001

Thurs 17:00-20:30, 111 GSE&IS Bldg

taught by Howard Besser 

Syllabus subject to change during first 3 weeks of class

This course deals with the creation and display of image and multimedia products for Cultural Heritage institutions.  Students will examine visual database projects and create their own.  They will look at relative advantages of different information delivery media. The course will also cover basic architectural strategies for helping maximize performance and longevity.  Students will have the opportunity to examine the most recent projects from the Digital Library Federation and the California Digital Library.

General course information

  • Weekly class topics and schedule
  • Grading
  • Office Hours Thurs 4-5 in 241 GSE&IS Bldg and by appointment
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    Possible Readings

  • General Readings
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    Tentative Weekly Schedule

    Apr 5 | Apr 12 | Apr 19 | Apr 26 | May 3 | May 10 | May 17 | May 24 | Jun 3 | Jun 10

    Apr 5--Multimedia & oft-forgotten elements (Metadata & Standards, Longevity)

  • Introduction--what is this class about?
  • Apr 12--Scanning and Metadata for Still Images

    Review of Scanning procedures and best practices
    Look at a multimedia project (Office Clippy)
    Introduction to T-Shirt Image Database project
  • Before class read:
  • Apr 19--Multiple Narratives, Editing, and Repurposing

    Introduction of Photoessay assignments (incl Lab instruction)
    Discussion of revisions to T-Shirt Image Database

    Apr 26--The Museum Educational Site Licensing Project and what we've learned

    From 5:00-6:00 we will attend the Ben Schneiderman Talk, The Eyes Have It: User Interfaces for Information Visualization which will be in our regular classroom, and we will leave his talk early (at 6:00) and resume our own class in room 121.

    Discussion of the MESL Project & implications
    Review of Introduction to Imaging (assignment due)
    More discussion on Data Dictionary for T-Shirt DB
    Don't miss From Metaphor to Metadata by Kit Galloway and Sherrie Rabinowitz of the Electronic Café on Mon April 30 6-7PM in 1473 Dickson Art Center (EDA)

    May 3--Making of America II

    May 10 -- California Digital Library Architecture & Standards

    May 17--Digital Longevity

    May 24--National Information Standards Organization Technical Imaging Metadata

  • National Standards Organization Invitational Meeting on Technical Metadata Elements for Image Files
  • May 31 -- Holiday; no class

    Jun 7--Final Presentations

  • Assignment due:  Turn in list of all problems with the T-Shirt database

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