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Friday, April 8 • 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Digital Tools and New Trends: Using Technology and Innovative Solutions to (Re)Establish Value in Images and Image Collections

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What do art information professionals need to know about digital images and tools for making sense of digital image collections in an era of NFTs and images as data? How do we increase the value of these collections through innovation? This session brings together three presentations on current opportunities and challenges related to digital image collections. Lindsay King and Tess Colwell will demonstrate a new tool that algorithmically groups digital images into clusters based solely on visually similar characteristics. Sonja Sekely-Rowland and Jackie Spafford will discuss their NEH-funded project work developing a consortium of processing partners to address the needs of at-risk 35mm slide collections of the built environment. David Greene will demystify the concept of NFTs (non-fungible tokens) as they pertain to the art information professions, discussing their broad implications for the field while identifying some of the specific challenges and opportunities which they present in their nascent state.

NFTs: A Primer for Art Information Professionals and Implications for the Field
David Greene, McGill University

Win-Win Situations: Building Collections and Building Community Through a New Collaboration Model
Jackie Spafford, University of California, Santa Barbara
Sonja Sekely-Rowland, University of California, Riverside

Distant Viewing: Computational Image Similarity and Visual Resources Collections
Tess Colwell, Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library, Yale University
Lindsay King, Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library, Yale University

Sponsored by Yale University Library


Isotta Poggi

Getty Research Institute


Tess Colwell

Yale University

David Greene

McGill University

Lindsay King

Yale University

Sonja Sekely-Rowland

University of California, Riverside

Jackie Spafford

University of California, Santa Barbara

Friday April 8, 2022 3:00pm - 4:30pm CDT
Hyatt Regency Chicago Water Tower Room