About The Urban Landscape Digital Image Access Project

The Urban Landscape Digital Image Access Project is a database of images from various collections held by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Duke University. The database contains 1000 images pertaining to the theme "The Urban Landscape," from fourteen different collections.

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Project Background

In the spring of 1993 the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library (RMBSCL) responded to a Request for Proposal issued by the former Research Libraries Group (now RLG Programs within OCLC) for a "Digital Image Access Project" (DIAP).  This project had three objectives:

  • Explore access and description issues for digital photographic images
  • Explore intellectual control as well as collections and resource management issues
  • Develop guidelines and models that will assist research institutions in developing local imaging projects.

Responding institutions were asked to propose approximately 1000 photographs from their collections focused on the broad theme of "The Urban Landscape," which would be digitized by Stokes Imaging of Austin, Texas.  Participants would work with each other and with staff at Stokes to develop common data elements and a software system to describe, store, retrieve, and display the digital images.

Institutions selected for participation in this project included:

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