Art History Collection in MDID
The Art History Collection of over 146,000 images now completely resides in MDID (Madison Digital Image Database). there are 20,000 images not in our collection in ARTstor (that collection will disappear December 2012).
You will need your netID and password to enter and use the collection in MDID.
For the time being, it is not possible to download a Powerpoint size image except by putting it in a Powerpoint presentation within MDID and exporting the presentation.
Accessing MDID from Off Campus Computers
To access MDID from home you first need to log in to the VPN client.
What is VPN?
"A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is technology that allows a computer in one location to appear to be connected to the network at another location. For example, using a VPN, your computer at home can be assigned an address on the Rutgers network, and appear to be directly connected to the Rutgers network. This allows you to use services that are restricted to Rutgers systems, and to bypass restrictions on access to the Rutgers network by non-Rutgers systems." (from NBCS FAQ at http://faq.rutgers.edu/?q=node/807).
The software can be downloaded directly from the following Office of Instruction Technology (OIT) site: http://oit.rutgers.edu/vpn/vpn_files/cisco_clients.php3.
There are instructions to walk you through the procress step by step at http://oit.rutgers.edu/vpn/vpn_files/windows/cisco_clients.php3.
If you prefer more introduction, the parent site is here: http://oit.rutgers.edu/vpn/.
Discover: looking at the collection
Explore will show all the records. Coverage on the right column shows the number of images in certain categories. You can click on any of them to see all those images.
Advanced Search allows you to combine terms using fields if you prefer. The latter is tricky because the fields are divided among the Dublin Core and VRA descriptors. In some cases these fields might describe the image as opposed to the artwork. To search artist or location, use “Creator” from the Dublin Core and “Location” from the VRA Core 4.
Browse allows you to browse by fields. With such a large collection this might be a bit unwieldy but could shed some light on the structure of the data if one had the patience.
Organize: Creating and Finding Presentations
Your Presentations takes you to the page that manages the presentations you have made. You can add selected images to an existing presentation by clicking “add selected images”. You also can output the presentation to Powerpoint or print view or flash cards.
Create Presentation: Here create new presentations and set parameters. This will lead to an edit slideshow page. Here you will able to change the order or slides, manipulate size, duplicate images, etc.
Browse Presentations: seems to be duplicate "Manage Presentations”
Media Viewer: is a “content viewer”. It can be used as a presentation tool or as a delivery system to get images to students. (We will not talk about this today)
Search: a quick and simple way to search a single word, phrase or artist
Searching the Art History Collection on MDID:
The search window on the right side of the upper red strip will allow you to search and term throughout the entire database. The "discover" tab on the left side of the red strip offers alternative ways. The "browse" reature defaults to "creator" (it may take a little while to come up once you press browse). There is a pull down window to browse other fields in the database. The "advanced search" will allow you search for more than one term on more than one field. MDID does not show a list of terms in each fields; a thesaurus of search terms or phrases with the field name can be found here.