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last updated 12/10/03
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Visual Image User Study  (VIUS)


Chronology of VIUS Activities

VIUS project activities included many meetings of the project team, meetings with faculty and service providers at Penn State, and communications with those involved in use studies and image delivery at other institutions. Review of related literature and software has also been involved. These are some highlights of other activities:

May, 2001
Steering Committee & Implementation Committee formed.

June 29 & July 12, 2001
Preliminary faculty focus groups.

July, 2001
Project issues and plan published in D-Lib Magazine.

August 29, 2001
Authentication logging of the Penn State connections to the AP Multimedia Archives™ and the AMICO Library™ begun (ongoing).

August-December, 2001
Visits to publicly accessible picture collections at Penn State.

September 26, 2001
Protocol analysis workshop conducted by Denise Troll, Carnegie Mellon University Libraries.

October 3 & 25th, 2001
Preliminary student focus groups.

October, 2001
AMICO Library™ transaction logs provided by the Research Libraries Group.

October, 2001
XML training conducted by Mike Halm and colleagues.

October 23, 2001
Public demonstration of Insight by Megan Marler, LUNA Imaging, Inc.

October 16-November 9, 2001
Survey mailings and follow-up to 2,134 Penn State faculty in arts, humanities, and environmental studies (41% response rate).

October 31-November 6
Survey mailings and follow-up to 2,966 Penn State students in arts, humanities, and environmental studies (20.2% response rate).

November 14-15, 2001
Internal reports from groups within the project team.

November 15, 2001
Public presentation on ArtSTOR by Don Waters, A.W. Mellon Foundation.

November, 2001-February, 2002
Survey of faculty who maintain individual collections.

November 30, 2001
Project list serve established for interested Penn State faculty (ongoing).

January 22 & 23, 2002
Faculty focus groups on system features with Luna Insight demonstration.

January 25, 2002
Internal demonstrations of MDID™ and Contentdm™.

February, 2002
Statement on approach to metadata standards drafted.
Priorities for database service features drafted.
Option of 2 prototypes proposed: one database service & one peer-to-peer system.

March 13 & 14, 2002
Faculty focus group on system features with MDID demonstration.

March, 2002
Target courses for database service selected: a survey of landscape architecture and a seminar on land use in central Pennsylvania.

April, 2002
Concordance of illustrations in history of landscape textbooks begun.

April 21, 2002
Faculty Focus group on Agricultural Extension uses of digital images.

May 1, 2002
Site visit from ArtSTOR staff James Schulman (Executive Director) and Lauren Meserve (Project Coordinator).

May 10, 2002
Presentation of preliminary findings: Assessing user preferences for image delivery Digital Libraries Federation Spring Forum, Chicago.

May 29, 2002
Faculty focus group on system features with CONTENTdm™ demonstration.

May, 2002
CONTENTdm™ selected as software for prototype database service.

May 28, 2002
Scanning and cataloging for database service begun.
Peer-to-peer (LionShare) development begun.

July, 2002
Project Interim Report produced.
Images licensed from two publishers.

August 16, 2002
Prototype database made available to Penn State users..

August, 2002
Comments on the Interim Report gathered from eight independent readers.
Lionshare developer hired.
Survey designed for students in target courses.

September 4, 2002
Database service publicized to students in targeted courses.

September, 2002
First demonstration of LionShare components.

October 16, 2002
Database service demonstrated for Penn State's Information Technology Day.

November 7, 2002
Report of Findings on Visual Images User Study MINERVA 2002 Symposium, Minneapolis.

November 20, 2002
Students (700) in History of Landscape Architecture surveyed.

December, 2002
Lionshare incorporated XML support and compatibility with database service record format.

December 4, 2002
Substantial interface revisions for the database service.

December, 2002
Project publicized by Penn State's Gifts That Impact.
Beta test for CONTENT dm™ PowerPoint tool.

January, 2003
Lionshare runs with alpha of MIT Kerberos authentication.

January 15, 2003
Database service reaches 4,390 items.

January 20, 2003
Demonstration and discussion of database service for the College of Arts and Architecture Digital Arts and Architecture series of presentation.

February, 2003
Think-aloud protocol studies designed and started.
Work begins on Lionshare multimedia viewing capabilities

March 22, 2003
Brief project presentation for the Academic Library Division of the Art Libraries Society of North America Annual Conference.

March 24, 2003
Printed publicity for image database service distributed to selected academic departments.

April, 2003
First version of PeerServer for Lionshare.
Planning for an ongoing database service begun.

April 10, 2003
Seeking a Digital Image Delivery System at a Large University, (report of selected findings) Annual Conference of the Visual Resources Association, Houston.

April 11, 2003
Assessing User Preferences for Image Delivery (Contributed Paper) Association of College and Research Libraries National Conference.

April 23, 2003
Students (700) in History of Landscape Architecture surveyed.

May 22, 2003
Demo for project team of first custom Lionshare interface.

July 15, 2003
Visit from ARTstor staff (Kim Harvey, User Services Specialist, Max Marmor, Director of Collection Development, Barbara Rockenbach, User Services, William Ying, Chief Technology Officer) to discuss beta testing

August, 2003
Lionshare networking code stabilized.
Art History Department Visual Resource Centre chooses to distribute approximately 5000 images to Penn State via the ongoing database service.

August 28, 2003
Demonstration and faculty focus group discussion for Lionshare.

September, 2003
Design for ongoing database services completed.
Andrew W. Mellon foundation funds the LionShare project.

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