Friday, February 13, 2015

CAA publishes a Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts

CAA's Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts was released on February 8, 2015.  The news release describes the project--which was funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation with the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and was begun in 2012--as providing:
...visual-arts professionals with a set of principles addressing best practices in the fair use of copyrighted materials. It describes how fair use can be invoked and implemented when using copyrighted materials in scholarship, teaching, museums, archives, and in the creation of art.
Section 2 (page 10) of the Code addresses "Teaching about Art" and Fair Use. An equally informative document released by CAA discusses Frequently Asked Questions about copyright.  Both are relatively short (the Code is 20 pages) and very readable.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

George Eastman House's 12-part video series "Photographic Processes Series"!

The George Eastman House released a 12-part video series last month that examines the history of photography from the perspective of its technology. Photographic Processes Seriesavailable on YouTube, starts with the silhouette and traces photography’s development through daguerreotypes, cyanotypes, Kodachrome, and right up to digital.

This series looks really fascinating!  Eastman House uses photographs from its vaults to illustrate the series and demonstrate the processes. 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Wellcome Collection's newest digital initiative project: Mindcraft

The Wellcome Collection in London has produced a multi-media "digital story" (part essay, part documentary video, part slide show) called Mindcraft.

The Wellcome describes the project:
Mindcraft explores a century of madness, murder and mental healing, from the arrival in Paris of Franz Anton Mesmer with his theories of 'animal magnetism' to the therapeutic power of hypnotism used by Freud. 
Through an immersive scrolling interface including image galleries, video, and interactives, Mindcraft will take you on a journey that asks who really is in control of their own mind, and where does the mind's power to harm or heal end?
Mindcraft is written by author and curator Mike Jay, and developed by award-winning digital agency Clearleft. Mindcraft can be explored on a desktop browser or tablet.
The Wellcome Collection, which describes itself as a "free destination for the incurably curious," houses the collections of Sir Henry Solomon Wellcome (1853-1936).  He was a philanthropist, entrepreneur, pharmacist, and collector who amassed an enormous collection related to medicine and health.    

Friday, November 21, 2014

Digitized Medieval Manuscripts Map

Here's a terrific Creative Commons, crowdsourced, online project that provides access to digitized medieval manuscripts all over the world through maps!

The Digitized Medieval Manuscripts Map project was developed by Giulio Menna and Marjolein de Vos in July 2013.
"These maps were designed to help scholars and enthusiasts explore and discover digitized medieval manuscripts made available all over the world. There are hundreds of libraries that have digitized their manuscripts, but it is often difficult to find them."

For example, using this map by clicking on one of the red markers, we learn that the University Library in Rostock has 21 digitized manuscripts available.  Clicking the link provided by the map takes you right to them!

The State Library in Berlin has 261 and the Rare Book Department at the Free Library in Philadelphia has 1015!  You can zoom in on the map to find more specific locations, and fly around the world to see what resources are available in different countries.