SPEC Kit 335: Digital Image Collections and Services · 53
MODS: Metadata Object Description Schema (10 responses)
MODS and all of these are made from automatic transformations supported by the SobekCM software.
VRA Core, Modified
21. Are locally created images given alt text for accessibility by screen readers? N=78
Yes 30 39%
No 45 58%
Images aren’t created locally 3 4%
22. Are there research and development initiatives at your institution that involve the use of digital
images (e.g., creation of e-learning tools that use digital images, digitization of a special collection
for use in a larger project, creation of new research tools that use digital images)? N=80
Yes 65 81%
No 15 19%
If yes, please describe the project and what image collections are being used. N=60
A digital manuscript collection was created in the course of research by an anthropology professor. A digital collection
of recipe boxes is currently being created in collaboration with, and to serve the research of, a gastronomy professor.
Almost certainly there are other faculty using digital image collections in their research, but we are not involved and
unaware of the specifics.
A variety of special collections regularly digitize visual materials, including the Department of Manuscripts and Archives,
Arts Library Special Collections, Divinity School Library Special Collections, and Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript
Library, sometimes with grant funding.
ArchNet Digital Library, a collaboration between the Aga Khan Trust for Culture and the Aga Khan Documentation
Center which is part of the Specialized Content and Services department in the MIT Libraries. ARTEMis (short for ART
for Engineering, Math and Science) combines principles of visual communications with the tools of modern computer
graphics to create visualization tools. MIT Media Lab’s Camera Culture which is exploring how to create new ways to
capture and share visual information.
ArchNet Digital Library collaborates with Aga Khan Trust for Culture, Aga Khan Award for Architecture, Aga Khan
Historic Cities Programme, Harvard University Fine Arts Library, Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at Harvard
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