Archive for the ‘ARTstor’ Category

soaMDID and ARTstor training handouts

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

For the soaMDID and ARTstor training sessions, I prepared two handouts that may be of use to many of you:

soaMDID Intro

ARTstor Intro

The UW Libraries has an excellent guide to Image Databases & Resources. Be sure to check it out and bookmark it.

ARTstor troubleshooting

Friday, March 27th, 2009

If you are having trouble getting ARTstor to function, first check to be sure that your computer and web browser meet the specifications for using ARTstor.  If you have done this and are still having problems, you have at least three options for getting help:

School of Art people can contact Jeanette ( for help with using ARTstor on laptop computers and/or computers in the Art Building.

Non-School of Art people can contact Denise Hattwig ( for assistance.

You can also contact ARTstor directly:

1-888-278-0079  (6am to 3pm, Pacific Time)

ARTstor collections

Friday, March 27th, 2009

ARTstor’s collections are extensive and constantly growing. If you are wondering what kind of materials are included in ARTstor, take a look at the full collection list. Clicking on a collection name will provide an in-depth description of each collection. The percentage next to the collection name tells you how much of that collection is currently loaded in ARTstor.

ARTstor has also created discipline-specific guides to their collections. Twenty topic areas are listed on this linked page, and each links to a PDF document.

ARTstor training

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

I plan to provide some basic ARTstor and MDID training for groups of faculty and graduate students in the School of Art during Spring Quarter. However, ARTstor has a lot of good training materials available online. Here are some links:

ARTstor Help Topics on the ARTstor Help wiki

OIV Help Topics on the ARTstor Help wiki (the OIV is their presentation tool)

PDF documents on the ARTstor Help wiki

Short videos on TeacherTube created by ARTstor trainers (also on YouTube)

Online training taught by ARTstor trainers via webinar software and phone

Downloading ARTstor images for PowerPoint or MDID use

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

For a full view of the image:

1.  Search for images.

2.  Double-click on a thumbnail image to bring up a larger view.

3.  Click on the diskette/save icon in the lower right of the window.

4.  Accept the Terms and Conditions of Use that pop up.

5.  Choose a location where the files will be saved.

6.  Two files will be saved.  One is a PowerPoint sized jpeg file (1024 pixels on the long side) and the other is an html file with the metadata for the image.

7.  You can now add the jpeg files to a PowerPoint slideshow or upload them to your My Images area in MDID if you plan to use MDID’s ImageViewer as your presentation tool.

For a detail view of the image:

1.  Follow steps 1 and 2 above.

2.  Zoom in to the desired detail.  Note that you can use the cursor to draw a box around the detail you want.

3.  Follow steps 3 and 4 above.

4.  When you choose the location for the saved file, be sure to also add the phrase “-detail-1″ or something similar to the filename.  Otherwise, any previously saved views from the same image will be overwritten.

5.  Steps 6 and 7 above apply for details as well.