FEBRUARY 15, 1996

Project Title Number of Images Converted:
1. Architecture Slides100
2. Motley Theater & Costume Slides114
3. Asian Art Slides (Krannert Art Museum)186
4. Toxic Plants Slides (Vet. Med. Library)174
5. Virtual Reality Tour-African Art Gallery Slides132
6. Horse Disease Slides (Vet. Med. Library)962
7. Illinois Historical Maps (35mm film)37
Total images converted: 1705

Project 1: Architecture Slides

An informal conversation with Professor Richard Betts of the School of Architecture revealed that he sought a way to digitize a portion of the slides he used for his Survey of Modern Architecture class. Prof. Betts indicated that he had received a grant to purchase a computer and software that would enable him to integrate his lecture notes with digital images of his slides for classroom presentations. The School of Architecture has recently completed the construction of a new building, Temple Buell Hall, which houses the school, a computer laboratory, and at least one high-tech teaching classroom. Prof. Betts will be the first faculty member in the School to teach online using digital images combined with lecture notes.

He provided us with the first 100 of 800 slides he uses in teaching an eighteen week survey course. Many of the slides were up to twenty years old, contained a significant amount of dirt, and all were mounted in Gepé glass mounts. Furthermore, Prof. Betts could not verify in all cases the type of film that had been used to produce the slides. We used the default "E6" film term for the digitizing. Approximately 25-30% of the slides were grayscale line drawings. While the slides produced reasonable Photo CD images, we all recognized that they would require significant clean-up work in Adobe Photoshop. Prof. Betts would also need to convert the Photo CD images into another format in order to incorporate them into his IBM courseware-authoring software, which he was using to integrate the images with his lecture notes.

Project 2: Motley Collection of Theater and Costume Design

The Motley Collection of Theater and Costume Design is a collection of drawings and watercolors of costumes and set designs that were made for a series of professional theater productions. This unique collection was purchased by the University in 1985 and is managed by the Rare Book and Special Collections Library. One hundred fourteen slides from six of Shakespeare's plays were digitized in conjunction with the Follett Corporation as part of a pilot project to develop a CD-ROM prototype image database, complete with rich text indexing. The quality of the resulting digitized Photo CD images was excellent. Approximately one dozen of the slides were under-exposed or had other physical imperfections, and had to be re-filmed. The Base * 16 Photo CD images were converted to JPEG format and written to another CD with the text indexing. The images and text will be incorporated into a multimedia CD-ROM prototype, with the potential for future commercial applications. The images and indexing shall be used on the UIUC campus for instruction and research, with the primary delivery vehicle being the Web. We intend to study the uses of these images and the indexing to determine which indexing elements and access points are used most often by searchers.

Project 3: Asian Art Slides (Krannert Art Museum)

Approximately 200 slides of Asian Art in the UIUC Krannert Art Museum's collection were digitized for Linda Duke, the Director of Museum Education and Outreach Programs. Prof. Duke pioneered the first Web museum virtual tour with NCSA, which has been visited by millions of Web surfers throughout the world. She intends to add a virtual gallery tour of Krannert's Asian Art collection utilizing the digital images provided by this project.

Project 4: Toxic Plants Slides (Veterinary Medicine Library)

The fourth project was in support of a Web page of toxic plants and requested by Professor Mitsuko Williams, Head of the Veterinary Medicine Library. Prof. Williams took photographs of toxic plants from a collection that is grown and maintained on the grounds of the College of Veterinary Medicine. She explained that students were required as part of their studies to be able to identify plants that are toxic to animals and indigenous to the Midwest. However, students needed to work from photos or slides, because the student population is not in session when many of these plants reach their critical stages of development in the late spring and throughout the summer. Prof. Williams took photographs of the plants in the garden at various stages of growth, produced slides, and intended to digitize them.

She was supported by two grants, one from the UIUC Campus Research Board and the second from the Library Research and Publication Committee. With this support she was able to hire a graduate student and purchase a PC and image editing software. However, she had inconsistent access to and unsatisfactory results from a lower quality slide digitizing machine. She felt that the opportunity to put the images in Photo CD format would enable her to have high quality archival copies. This option was preferable to Prof. Williams, since the collection is heavily used and the images could be utilized in more applications in addition to the planned Web site. The Photo CD images were made Web-accessible by converting them to JPEG format. The URL for the Toxic Plants Web site is:

Project 5: Virtual Reality Tour-African Art Gallery Slides

The African Art Gallery slides represented the second Photo CD project digitized for Prof. Linda Duke of the Krannert Art Museum. Prof. Duke intends to produce an Apple Quicktime VR virtual reality tour of the African Art Gallery. This tour can be used on the stand-alone public access workstation in the Museum, and can be incorporated into the museum Web site. The project involved a photography shoot with Brian Mittelstaedt of Kodak, and a Software Engineer from Apple (David Tutton). The project is still in development.

Project 6: Horse Disease Slides (Veterinary Medicine Library)

Project Six was the second project carried out for Prof. Mitsuko Williams, Head of the Veterinary Medicine Library. Prof. Williams received a commercially produced set of slides depicting the range of potential horse diseases. These slides were produced by Pfizer, a pharmaceutical company. The intended use of the slides is to support classroom instruction as well as review by students and faculty in a clinical setting. Prof. Williams felt that the slides had minimal use in the current format, especially since they would not be accessible to students or faculty in the Veterinary Medicine clinic, which is detached from the Library where the slides are managed. She intends to put the slides up on a Web site in the near future. Prof. Williams obtained permission from Pfizer to digitize the images and make them accessible to the UIUC community. She intends to provide indexing for each image, possibly using a relational database software program.

Project 7: Illinois Historical Maps

The 37 Illinois Historical Maps that were digitized represented the one opportunity we had to work with roll film and the manual film gate on the PIW. The film was digitized for a second pilot imaging project that is a joint collaboration between the UIUC Library and the Follett Corporation. The intent of the project is to produce a model multimedia CD that incorporates images of maps from the 17th through 20th centuries that trace the development of the area that we now know as the state of Illinois. The target audience for the prototype system is high school social studies and geography classes. The project brings together a team of curriculum and software professionals from Follett, UIUC librarians, geographers, GIS specialists, and teachers from the University High School.

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