Most people don’t know what the Library of Congress Name Authority File (LCNAF) is, but if you ever search for works by your favorite author or research an individual in more »
This post was written by Deja Bond, the Kathryn Turner Diversity and Technology Intern in the Smithsonian Libraries’ Web Services Department. Deja is an undergraduate Computer Science student at Spelman College. Her work this summer consisted of developing techniques to create data for enhancing the Libraries’ forthcoming Image Gallery re-launch later this year.
My project was to design and code an algorithm to identify the predominant colors within an image. When someone performs a search in the Image Gallery (an online collection of images from Smithsonian Libraries books, still in beta), they are able to refine their search by subject, creator and publication date. The goal was to add another option for color. The big question was: how would I design and implement an algorithm that would return the predominant colors within an image for over 14,000 images sufficiently?
Sue Graves has joined the Metadata Unit in the Technical Services Department of the Libraries. She comes to the Smithsonian with a history of technical services experience in law, academic and public libraries and a brief contract stint involving the historic shelf list at the Government Printing Office.
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.
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.