Welcome to Take A Look

This blog is hosted by the Imaging Center at Smith College. It is a place for sharing all things imaging, including news about: LUNA, images on the web, copyright, media tools, ARTstor, digitization and more. I encourage you to comment, post and come back often!
Elisa Lanzi, Director, Imaging Center

Imaging Center

Department of Art

Smith College

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CAA to develop Code of Best Practices for Fair Use

Good News! The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the College Art Association (CAA) a major grant of $630,000 to develop, publish, and disseminate a code of best practices for fair use in the creation and curation of artworks and scholarly publishing in the visual arts. Read more here.

Creative Commons: find content you can share, use, and remix

Looking for media that uses the Creative Commons license? Check out this list of search services that helps you find it.

I did a search on “Agrigento” and found images in Europeana, Fotopedia, and Flickr… all from this page.

It includes music and video sites too!  And for your convenience, you can add the Creative Commons search to your browser.

Smith College Museum of Art receives IMLS digital archive grant

Smith College Museum of Art (SCMA) has been awarded a two-year grant from the Museums for America Program of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the primary source of federal support for libraries and museums. The grant will be used to complete a comprehensive image archive of objects in the Museum’s permanent collection.

SCMA will digitize approximately 3,860 objects. The complete archive of images will be uploaded to the Smith College Imaging Center’s LUNA Insight database for use by Five College faculty and students, and to the ARTstor Digital Library for use by scholars at subscribing institutions. Images without copyright restrictions will be made available to the general public via the Five College collections database. read full article

Using Creative Commons Images

Here’s a helpful article about finding and using images on Creative Commons.

Link to Creative Commons Images





Digital projects: Shinto festivals, Indian temples, and Historic Clothing

Aoi Matsuri (Aoi Festival)The Smith College Imaging Center is the focus of an article in the new online magazine called “Insight.”  The publication chronicles the ideas, intellectual life and creative thinking inherent within the culture of research and the liberal arts at Smith College, where a vibrant community of scholars and students exhibit a love of discovery.

The article highlights the David Boggett: Art, Architecture, and Festivals in Japan digital humanities project.

October 14th: Copyright and Sharing Media

Guest Speaker: Dr. Kenneth Crews, Director of the Copyright Advisory Office, Columbia University

Dr. Kenneth Crews

Dr. Kenneth Crews

Thursday, October 14, 2010
1:30 – 3:00 pm
Amherst College,  Valentine Hall, Terrace Room

Sponsored by: Five College Intellectual Property Polices for Shared Media Committee

The Open Forum offers an opportunity for the Five Colleges community to participate in a moderated discussion with Kenneth Crews, a legal expert on the relationship of copyright law to the needs of higher education.  Dr. Crews will initiate the forum with a brief presentation on current trends in the intellectual property landscape. In addition, the Five College committee will give an update on the progress of efforts to develop a set of guidelines for sharing media for educational use across the Colleges.

The rest of the Open Forum will be devoted to questions posed by the audience. Elisa Lanzi (Smith College) will moderate the discussion on behalf of the committee. In order to make the best use of the time, we encourage you to submit questions to your College representative in advance.

College Representatives
Amherst College: Bryn Geffert  bgeffert@amherst.edu
Hampshire College: Rachel Beckwith  rbeckwith@hampshire.edu
Mount Holyoke College: Sarah Goldstein sgoldste@mtholyoke.edu
Smith College: Elisa Lanzi  elanzi@smith.edu
UMass Amherst: Brian Shelburne bps@library.umass.edu

Smith College and ARTstor partnership

ARTstor is partnering with Smith College to share approximately 500 images of Japanese art, architecture, and festivals created by David Boggett in the Digital Library. David Boggett is a Professor in the Faculty of the Humanities at Kyoto Seika University, where he has taught Japanese and Asian history of over 30 years. His photographs focus on the historic buildings, religious and civil festivals, and traditions of Kyoto and the nearby Lake Biwa area of Shiga Prefecture. The collection in ARTstor will document the historic architecture in the area, particularly shrines and temples, and the local festivals celebrated at these sites. The images also record the traditional rituals, customs, costumes, and artifacts associated with the festivals, many of which are no longer held, or have been altered through the influence of modernization and tourism.

For more detailed information about this collection, visit the David Boggett: Art, Architecture, and Festivals in Japan (Smith College) collection page.

Using Google images

Google Image Search Gets Usage Rights Filtering
by Josh Lowensohn, CNET News, July 9, 2009

“In an effort to keep people from incorrectly reusing or re-purposing images found on its image search tool, Google has added new options that let users filter results by usage rights. Users can now filter photos by whether they’re available for reuse, commercial reuse, reuse with modification, or commercial use with modification.”

Scholars call for Open Access to Digital Images

A group of international scholars and representatives of leading museums, libraries, image archives and publishers have produced a set of best-practice recommendations for the scholarly use of visual media. Under the leadership of The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG), the recommendations aim to “create a network of mutual trust and cooperation between scholars and curators of cultural heritage collections with a view to facilitating access to and the scholarly use of visual media.”

See the full report and recommendations at: