Artstor and Columbia University are pleased to announce their continued collaboration intended to encourage the use of  Virtual Reality (QTVR) panoramas in teaching, learning, and scholarship. Through this new agreement, the Department of Art History and Archaeology Visual Media Center (VMC) at Columbia University will contribute approximately 200 panoramas of the sites and architecture of the Dogon area of Mali to the Artstor Digital Library. This region was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1989. The panoramas in Artstor will include archaeological remains, granaries, sanctuaries, mosques, and communal meeting places.

In addition to physical sites and their natural setting, James Conlon, Director of the VMC, and Susan Vogel, Professor of African Art and Architecture at Columbia, will contribute approximately 1,200 still photographs that capture the cultural landscape of the region. Their field photography will include all of the core towns and significant areas on the Bandiagara escarpment, ranging from ritual dances and other ceremonies to practices connected with the design and use of individual works of art.