Congratulations to Jody Mussoff, Doug Dunlop, and Huston Dove, Libraries catalogers whose artwork was selected for inclusion in Artists at Work 2011, a juried exhibition organized by the Smithsonian Community Committee.
Jody's piece is an earthenware plate titled Woman With Bird. The bird looks as if it's taking off into flight from inside a book's pages; this is yet another example of her charming book-themed art.
Doug has a highly imaginative oil painting whose title, Alchemical Consciousness, encapsulates key motifs in the work.
Huston Dove, contract cataloger with LSSI, contributed a reflective photograph of water cascading out of a reservoir dam.
The Artists at Work 2011 exhibition is now in its fourth year, and we look forward to more staff contributions in coming years!
Images, from top: Jody Mussoff: Woman With Bird. (Earthenware) Doug Dunlop: Alchemical Consciousness. (Oil on canvas) Huston Dove: Untitled. (Photograph).
This space age ceiling fixture was created by the Edward F. Caldwell Lighting Company between 1932 and 1940 for the Rockefeller Center and can be found in the Libraries digital collection, Shedding Light on New York, Edward F. Caldwell & Co.
What happens if a design teacher visits the website and downloads the image to use in research and forgets where it came from or the image ends up on flickr? If the image has no associated embedded metadata, well, then it basically has lost its identity.
Luckily for the photo and for the Libraries it has embedded metadata to show what it is and where it came from. Embedded metadata is now included in basically all digital files, from Word documents to digital photographs. When embedded metadata is automatically created by a scanner or camera it is usually technical in nature, and in the case of most cameras or phones includes geospatial information. Embedded metadata can also be added using tools like Adobe Bridge to help describe what the file is and who created it.
Across the Smithsonian, from the library to the many archives and museums, thousands of images are created and generated weekly. In spring 2009, the Embedded Metadata Working Group (EMDaWG) was created out of a grass roots effort that quickly became pan-institutional for the express purpose of creating best practices for the embedding of metadata in images. The best practices were developed to help determine core descriptive metadata and to help describe what an image is or is about and where the image came from. The embedded metadata helps to identify images that travel outside of the Smithsonian’s many image databases, as well as makes the image self-describing as it makes its way through the many channels within the Smithsonian.
The full paper about this project, along with the best practices can be found in the Smithsonian Libraries SRO.
December is the time of year to reflect back on the past twelve months. Back in October, I had the chance to visit Pittsburgh for the first time, as well as attend my first Dublin Core metadata conference.
While at the conference, I had the privilege of presenting a paper on the work of a Smithsonian pan-institutional working group, EMDaWG (Embedded Metadata Working Group), in a presentation entitled, The Case for Implementing Core Descriptive Embedded Metadata at the Smithsonian.
The presentation slides are available on SlideShare and the paper is available either through the Dublin Core site, or through the Libraries' Smithsonian Research Online (SRO).
The conference was an excellent opportunity to learn more about the Dublin Core metadata initiative and the community that makes the initiative happen. Dublin Core started with the seed concept of cataloging the web and has evolved into a lingua franca metadata schema used as the basis of other schemas such as VRA Core (Visual Resources Association) and Darwin Core and pioneering work on the Semantic Web.
When not at the conference, I was able to enjoy some Pittsburgh favorites such as a Primanti Bros. sandwich and the Warhol Museum.