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April 25, 2008

“ARTstor in 3 Minutes” instructional video series available on YouTube

ARTstor has launched the first two of its instructional video series “ARTstor in 3 Minutes.” The instructional video series is now available on YouTube and on the ARTstor website:

  • ARTstor in 3 Minutes: register for an ARTstor account walks users through the account creation process and explains the benefits of registering with ARTstor.
  • ARTstor in 3 Minutes: download images to PowerPoint describes the steps required to download images and image details from ARTstor and add them to a PowerPoint presentation file.

ARTstor will continue to build and add new videos to the series and make them available through our website and on YouTube. Suggestions for new instruction topics are always welcome; contact userservices@artstor.org.

To find the videos, you can search for the keyword “artstor” within YouTube or go directly to www.youtube.com/artstor of from the ARTstor Online Training page.

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March 6, 2008

Using ARTstor for research and teaching across the disciplines

The ARTstor Digital Library serves users both within the arts and in disciplines outside of the arts. Whether you are writing academic papers or giving classroom presentations, the ARTstor Digital Library contains material relevant to a broad range of academic disciplines such as Anthropology, History, Theater and Dance, Women’s Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, and many more.

ARTstor images may be used to enhance the visual impact of your scholarship and/or teaching such as illustrating an historical event with a period photograph, or a foreign culture with an anthropological object, To assist users in fields outside of Art and Art History, ARTstor has prepared a series of Interdisciplinary Uses handouts that highlight our collections related to a variety of disciplines:

  • African-American Studies
  • American Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Architecture & Architectural History
  • Asian Studies
  • Classical Studies
  • Design & Decorative Arts
  • History
  • Foreign Languages and Literature
  • Literary Studies
  • Maps, Charts & Graphs
  • Medieval Studies
  • Middle Eastern Studies
  • Music History
  • Native American Studies
  • Photography
  • Religious Studies
  • Renaissance Studies
  • Theater & Dance
  • Women’s Studies

You can find links for these handouts on our website at http://www.artstor.org/using-artstor/u-html/interdisciplinary.shtml. Each PDF document lists ARTstor collections that are pertinent to each field of study, as well as searching and browsing strategies for locating specialized materials within the Digital Library.

Once you’ve found relevant content, you can use ARTstor’s high quality digital images in classroom presentations and for other noncommercial, educational uses in the software environment of your choice. The ARTstor Offline Image Viewer (OIV) presentation tool allows users to download images up to 3200 pixels to create digital slide shows. In addition, users can now download large JPEG images (up to 1024 pixels) for use in word processing programs such as Microsoft Word, or in presentation software such as PowerPoint and Keynote. For more information about downloading ARTstor images, please see our web help page: http://www.artstor.org/webhelp/Download_images_from_ARTstor.htm.

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February 21, 2008

More image clusters added to ARTstor

There are now 3,472 clustered images in Artstor. These clusters comprise duplicates and details centered around lead images that are chosen for their high quality. For example, a search of Hieronymus Bosch’s “Garden of Earthly Delights” will preference a high quality lead image digitized from a large-format color transparency and on-click reveals a cluster of images including six duplicate images of the full triptych and 96 details. In general, Artstor clusters are limited to paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts. Included among the over 2,000 new clusters uploaded recently are the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Images for Academic Publishing (IAP) images, and a selection of images from the Scala Archives, the Erich Lessing Culture and Fine Art Archives, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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February 7, 2008

Using the OIV off campus

Did you know you can show your Offline Image Viewer presentations off-campus? There are several options for transporting OIV files and presenting them at other institutions or conferences.First, you will need to save your OIV presentation to a portable storage device, such as a CD or thumb drive. For detailed instructions, please see: “Saving presentations.”

 Next you will need a copy of the OIV program to open this file at the remote location. There are two options for doing so:

  • If you have internet access, Download the OIV installation file from ARTstor online. Use the remote presentation computer to launch ARTstor and log onto your ARTstor account. Then, go to the “Tools” toolbar menu and select the “Download Offline Viewer” option. This will download a copy of the installation file to the remote presentation computer. Then, you can install the software; for detailed instructions, please see “Installing OIV.” 
  • If you do not have internet access, Save the OIV installation file to a portable storage device, whether the same one you used to save the presentation file, or a different one. This way, you will have a copy of the installation file, which you can use to install OIV onto the remote presentation computer. In step #7 of the installation process for PC or Macs, use your computer’s directory to browse to the location for the portable storage device before downloading the installation file.

 Once you have installed OIV at the remote presentation computer you will be able to open your .prs or .shw file from the portable storage device you have stored it on.

  • Start the OIV program
  • Go to the “File” toolbar menu and select the “Open” option.
  • The computer’s directory will open. Use it to browse to the location of the drive for the portable storage device, find your presentation file, and then click the “Open” button.
  • Your original presentation file will open up on the remote presentation computer, just as you initially saved it to the portable storage device.

 Quick Tip:

Reducing the size of your presentation files will make them easier to transport, since you can fit more files onto the same portable storage medium. For more information, please see “Creating smaller files.”

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February 7, 2008

Create presentations using ARTstor large file-size images

ARTstor images are available for use in presentations for educational or other noncommercial uses in the software environment of your choice. High quality digital images — large sized JPEG files —can be projected either in the ARTstor online environment or in a variety of offline environments such as OIV, PowerPoint and Keynote. Users can download the full image at 1024 pixels on the long side or pan and zoom to needed details and download the saved detail at 1024 as well.

ARTstor users can also use the Offline Image Viewer (OIV) presentation tool to create digital slide show presentations. OIV enables side–by–side comparisons, zooming and panning on-the-fly, and the ability to customize text on each presentation slide. Users can download images at up to 3200 pixels for offline presentations by using OIV.

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January 17, 2008

Tips for Teaching with ARTstor


Presenting ARTstor images in class
ARTstor images are available for use in classroom presentation and allow faculty and students to examine works in profoundly new ways. High quality digital images, large sized files can be projected in class either in the ARTstor online environment or using a variety of offline environments. The ARTstor Offline Image Viewer (OIV) presentation tool allows users to create digital slide show presentations that enable side-by-side comparisons, zooming and panning, and the ability to customize text on the slides. Users can download images at up to 3200 pixels for offline presentations by using OIV. More…

In addition to OIV, users can now download large JPEG images (up to 1024 pixels) for use in classroom presentation and for other noncommercial, educational uses in the software environment of their choice. More …

Integrating ARTstor with Courseware
Instructors can share ARTstor content with students through campus courseware systems, such as BlackBoard, WebCT, Sakai, or Moodle. You can upload images, provide URLs to link students to individual images or entire image groups, or share OIV presentation files. Our courseware guide explains how ARTstor content can be shared through courseware systems. More…

Export image citations to citation management software
Citation management software is used to manage citations and create bibliographies. You can create image lists in ARTstor and export the image citations directly to RefWorks, EndNote, ProCite, or Reference Manager. You may also share lists of ARTstor images with others by printing, emailing, or downloading the citation list. More…

Interactive features of ARTstor
ARTstor contains many interactive features that allow instructors and students to communicate within the ARTstor environment. Instructors may share image groups with students by creating shared folders. Students can register to an instructor’s shared folder to view the instructor’s image groups, analyze images and metadata, study, and annotate images.
Instructors can also create student work folders associated with instructor shared folders. Student work folders give students a place to create image groups, add comments to images, and share this work with the instructor. More…

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January 7, 2008

ARTstor images now available at 1024 download size

We are very pleased to announce that over 95% of the images in the ARTstor Digital Library are now available for download at 1024 pixels on the long side.

In response to feedback from our user community, and as a result of the relationships that we have been building with content owners, we are now making available approximately 95% of the images in the Digital Library available for larger download at 1024 pixels on the long side. This new download capacity is part of ARTstor’s ongoing effort to facilitate broad access to digital images for teaching and scholarship. Users will be permitted to download these large JPEG images for use in classroom presentation and for other noncommercial, educational uses in the software environment of their choice. Users can also continue to download images at up to 3200 pixels for offline presentations by using the ARTstor Offline Image Viewer (OIV).

Thanks to ARTstor content contributors

The ARTstor Digital Library includes more than 80 collections totaling more than 700,000 images. These collections have been added to the library because the images have noted teaching or research value, or because the community has asked for a particular body of content. ARTstor works with a range of individual photographers, scholars, artists and artists’ estates, museums, library special collections, and photo archives, and we are committed to continued development to enhance the quality of ARTstor’s services, collections, images, and data. Because of the relationships that we and the community have been building between content owners and educational users of images, and the shared interest in developing a broad and diverse image resource for teaching in the arts and humanities, content contributors for the ARTstor Library responded positively to users’ needs. We want to express our appreciation to our content providers, and to the broader community for its willingness to help build these relationships and to improve the ARTstor Library.

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November 15, 2007

Increasing OIV Memory for Improved Performance

To optimize the performance of Offline Image Viewer (OIV) when using local images, we recommend you increase the program’s local memory. OIV is a memory-intensive program, since it manipulates large image files. Therefore, you can improve OIV’s performance by devoting more computer memory to running the program.

To do this, choose “Edit” in the OIV toolbar. Or on a Mac, choose the “ARTstor OIV” toolbar menu. Select “Preferences,” then the “Memory” or “Memory Usage” tab. The default setting is 256Mb. You may use the scroll bar to increase the memory to as much as 1GB. We recommend that you increase the memory setting to use 50 percent of your installed memory, and caution against increasing the memory to more than 70 percent of installed memory. Click “ok” to close this window. You will then need to restart OIV for the new settings to take effect.

For more information about using OIV please see our Online Help.

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October 11, 2007

Changes to ARTstor’s Online Training

ARTstor offers online training to individuals and to groups interested in learning more about using the ARTstor Digital Library. We recently changed the online conferencing service we use from WebEx to GoToWebinar. Although we’ve changed vendors, we still offer on-demand recorded sessions, daily live online training, as well as scheduled training for groups.

We encourage you to take advantage of our training options. To view the upcoming schedule and to register for live online sessions, visit the Online Training page on our public website. If you wish to schedule training for a group, please contact user.services@artstor.org.

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September 26, 2007

Current & upcoming changes to ARTstor

Current & upcoming changes to ARTstor

We are pleased to announce important changes to the ARTstor Digital Library and the ARTstor website. We are releasing a redesigned public website today as the first of two important phases in our transition to a new interface and software platform. While release of the ARTstor website and Digital Library will be incremental over the coming months, they are being developed as a unified platform that will provide visual continuity between our informational website and the content-rich Digital Library. When fully released, users will enter ARTstor and remain in a seamless web environment.

ARTstor Website

Today marks the launch of ARTstor’s new website. In addition to a new look and feel, the site also includes the following improvements:

  • reorganized task-driven navigation,
  • front-page access to our most current news and collection information,
  • RSS feeds for ARTstor news,
  • link to our new ARTstor blog.

We encourage you to visit our new website. All pages have new URLs — please update your bookmarks or links to ARTstor accordingly. Following are some shortcuts to heavily used areas of the website:

ARTstor Digital Library

While the first phase of ARTstor’s redesign and software platform migration applies to our informational website, the second phase relates to the ARTstor Digital Library. We anticipate releasing a Beta version of the ARTstor Digital Library in the coming months with a full release in 2008. The existing ARTstor Digital Library platform will be available in parallel with ARTstor Beta for the near term to ensure the stability of the new software platform and to give institutions ample time to migrate to the new environment. All users will have the option of using the Beta version, and we encourage you to send us your feedback.

ARTstor digital library has been available since 2004 on a Java-based thin client platform allowing for functionality (such as dragging and dropping images) that our users need. In recent months, we have been re-developing ARTstor using AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML) – which allows for significantly greater flexibility than the thin client platform, and provides greater system efficiencies. While current functionality in the ARTstor Digital Library will remain the same, ARTstor Beta will sit within the browser rather than launch a Java client, and therefore will look and feel much more like a website. Users will experience improved performance and speed, and ARTstor will be able to provide greater functionality and respond more nimbly to needed software changes over time. As a direct result of user feedback, ARTstor Beta will include these among other improvements:

  • simplified navigation menus;
  • a focus on the main activities of discovery (search and browse) in the welcome screen;
  • introduction of a new area called “My ARTstor” where users will more easily navigate to their personal collections and saved citation lists;
  • a “showcase” space for hosted collections;
  • internal stable URLs for internal bookmarking; and
  • significantly improved performance.

We will send an email to the artstor-announce listserv once ARTstor Beta is available. You will also find the announcement posted on our blog.

New ARTstor Blog

We are pleased to announce the launch of the ARTstor blog. You can find the full text of all current and archived announcements in our new blog, http://www.artstor.org/blog The blog will allow you to

  • read all current and archived announcements,
  • search across all announcements to find specific content,
  • browse all announcements by date or by category, such as: American Studies, Asian Studies, Architecture & City Planning, etc.,
  • share your comments with the ARTstor community, and
  • receive newly added content via RSS.

We encourage you to visit our new blog regularly and leave your comments!

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