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We at CHI are thrilled to announce the release of the first two tools (Version 1 Beta) in a new software suite, the Digital Lab Notebook (DLN). DLN is a metadata toolkit designed to simplify the collection of standards-based metadata, essential to scientific imaging. The goal is widespread democratization of tools that worldwide cultural caretakers can deploy to digitally capture, build, archive, and reuse digital representations. We hope you will download and try out these new tools! DLN:CaptureContext With a user-friendly interface, this tool expedites and simplifies user input of metadata -- such as locations, institutions, imaging subjects, image rights -- with a template process. DLN:Inspector This tool automatically ensures that each image set meets the requirements for high-quality computational photography imaging, checking for image-processing errors, such as sharpening, that should not be applied to photogrammetry or RTI image data. Instructional Videos for DLN See our new Vimeo channel -- Simplifying Scientific Imaging -- where we have posted an instructional video series about the DLN, what it does, how to use the software tools, and more.
CHI Director Carla Schroer will present a short course and a paper at the IS&T Archiving conference in Riga, Latvia in May. In the short course (May 15), she will offer a condensed overview of computational photography and its application to cultural heritage, describing techniques that are being applied to a variety of art objects and other examples of material culture. There are no prerequisites — anyone from novice to expert is welcome. In the talk (May 17), she will present the first module of an advanced set of metadata and knowledge management tools to record a “Digital Lab Notebook” (DLN), the equivalent of the traditional scientist’s lab notebook. Get more details at http://culturalheritageimaging.org/What_We_Do/Events/index.html#ist_2017
I'm writing recommendations for how we at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts will archive and access RTIs, both inside and outside our DAMS; we are using TMS for collections management, and Virage MediaBin for asset management. I don't know how MediaBin will treat groups of images plus XML and LP and other supporting files, but I'm going to be looking for a way to keep them all associated with each other. My first steps will be to establish which of the files that RTI Builder creates that RTI Viewer needs, both for archiving and dissemination of RTIs. For example, does RTI Viewer need the original jpeg-exports folder, or just cropped-files? I'm eagerly awaiting the arrival of CHI's Digital Lab Notebook (http://culturalheritageimaging.org/Technologies/Digital_Lab_Notebook/index.html) but we need an interim solution and in-house documentation for best practices for archiving RTIs, and that's why I'm posting here. I'll keep the group updated with my progress.