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Promoting the use of On-line Image Collections in Learning and Teaching In the Visual Arts

The PICTIVA Project, which ran from January 2000 to July 2002, set out to promote the use of on-line image collections in learning and teaching in the visual arts using the VADS catalogue. It was coordinated, delivered and promoted by VADS, in partnership with the Institute for Image Data Research (IIDR) at the University of Northumbria at Newcastle and funded by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC). The project targeted the needs of the VADS' primary user group, UK Higher and Further Education. VADS now provides a resource which enhances access to its image collections and provides an emphasis on their application for learning and teaching.

The PICTIVA project sought to improve the use of the image collections held by VADS by:

Producing educational materials to further utilise the on-line collections

A range of collections based learning materials illustrate various ways that digital image collections can be integrated into learning and teaching methods. The development of these materials were subcontracted to academics with the relevant expertise to create resources relevant to the UK HE community.

Creating image tools to better assist the search and retrieval of digital images

The image tools created include a Lightbox and visual search. Both are designed to assist the finding and re-purposing of images within VADS' catalogue for use in learning and teaching.

The Lightbox was developed by VADS to give users a personal space to store image-sets, save, compare and email them. The Lightbox then allows the email recipient to adopt the Lightbox and images they have been sent, provided they are registered.

The visual search, or Content Based Image Retrieval, is an exciting development in image-search technology. It allows users to search on the colour, shape and contrast of an image as opposed to using textual keywords or textual browsing structures to find images. Visual searching for visual arts material is deemed particularly apt as a supplemental solution to retrieving images by text-description.

For further information about the project please contact:

University for the Creative Arts,
Falkner Road, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 7DS
Tel: +44 (0) 1252 892723



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