ERIC Number: ED206563
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jul
Art History Interactive Videodisc Project at the University of Iowa.
Sustik, Joan M.
A project which developed a retrieval system to evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of an interactive computer and video display system over traditional methods for using a slide library is described in this publication. The art school slide library of the University of Iowa stores transparencies which are arranged alphabetically within historical periods. Study cards, prints, and photographs supplement the collection. A subset of these-- 1000 black and white, glossy, 5" x 7" photographs of woodcuts and engravings by Albrecht Durer and by Raimondi--were selected as the sample for this retrieval project. These original photographs were transferred single frame to 16mm film. From this film the transmissive videodisc was mastered and pressed. The following information on each photo was then entered into files on the computer: videodisc frame number; the Bartsch catalog number; the artist's name, the medium used, the date of completion; the state of rendition; title; and theme. Users can use any of these variables to retrieve the photos. The entire system was installed in the art school for evaluation by faculty, staff, and students. The major strengths of the system were identified as speed, ability to retrieve large amounts of information in one place, coordinating verbal information with visuals, research possibilities, and fun. Major weaknesses were poor image quality, the inability to compare two images simultaneously, the inability to interrupt the search, and the limited range of material on the system. Overall, the system was viewed favorable, subject to improvements and modifications. (Author/RM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Iowa Univ., Iowa City. Office of Research and Development.
Authoring Institution: Iowa Univ., Iowa City. Weeg Computing Center.