September 3, 2013 Leave a comment
In the past five weeks, I have shifted focus to my DHC practicum. I’m applying my familiarity with the moving image dance archives and awareness of IP rights to my practicum at NYPL Labs. Last year, NYPL embarked on a ground-breaking project to enable online access to the Dance Division’s video collection. Some of its special features included placing videos side by side (juxtaposition) as well as add content notes (annotation). I am working with NYPL Labs staff to help refine the tool, create juxtaposition “mash-ups” that demonstrate the abilities of the tool and highlight items from the collection, and create a guideline for the creation of mash-ups by curators and other staff personnel. This online digital collections tool gives users control over how they view dance videos, then enables sharing and modification of those viewing experiences.
These dance specific features have been released in the 3rd floor Library for the Performing Arts Reading Room. Additionally, at the SAA Performing Arts Roundtable in New Orleans this year, NYPL’s Eugenia Kim presented a sneak peek of the new digital collections interface for the performing arts community. Members of the performing arts community will be interested to see that faceted browsing of digital dance resources includes separate fields for choreographer, costume designer, artist, writer of accompanying material, videographer, and lighting designer.
Below is one of the sample compositions that I created that features the digitized Bhutanese dance collection in NYPL’s Dance Division. Click on the image to see how the interface works. The video tools interface will officially launch later this year, but in the meantime, you can explore the collection via the new interface, which is currently in beta.
Explore more dance from the NYPL Digital Collections interface (beta)
Like the images below? Items for which the Library has permission to show online through this interface can be shared via social media, embedded in webpages, and used to create new learning tools.