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Visual Image User Study

c.1775. Michel Poisson. 'Ah! La lanterne magique la piece curieuse'

A team at Penn State University has conducted an extensive assessment project to estimate needs for interdisciplinary image delivery at this large and complex university. The 30-month Visual Image User Study (VIUS) is completed and has produced interesting data on the needs and preferences of academic image users. The VIUS project has prototyped and evaluated two services: a conventional image database and a more experimental peer-to-peer file sharing system for a digital media files. Although this research was confined to users at Penn State, a rigorous approach to assessment was employed so the results might prove useful to other academic institutions and software developers. This work was funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

This site provides the most complete record of Penn State's Visual Image User Study, including the project's Summary Report and the series of 27 more detailed VIUS Reports. It also contains the list of Project Staff which drew upon representatives of several units at the Penn State and was coordinated by the University Libraries. A Chronology of events includes references to publications which are closely related to the study.

A continuation of one portion of this research, the peer-to-peer filesharing system named LionShare, has been funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. For information on that project, coordinated by Penn States' Information Technology Services, see the LionShare Website.

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