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June 1, 2004 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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New Digital Image Collection Portal Debuts

David Rumsey and Cartography Associates announced the launch of Visual Collections (, a new digital image collection portal that includes more than 300,000 works from museums, universities, and private collections throughout the world. According to the company, the collected works create "an unparalleled online resource in the arts and humanities that is available for free, public access."

Fine art, photography, maps, architecture, and other collections of culture are represented within Visual Collections, which is made possible through the contributions of dozens of institutions. At its launch, more than 30 collections are represented in Visual Collections, ranging from the fine art of Museums & the Online Archive of California (MOAC) to early maps of Scotland from the University of Edinburgh's Charting the Nation collection.

Using Luna Imaging's Insight software, the collections are available in an online environment that allows each to be explored individually, to be used in conjunction with one another, or accessed as one large, comprehensive collection. Users can search for a particular artist, time period, or medium, and use the tools provided by Insight to zoom, pan, view image data, and save groups of images. Most of the collections in Visual Collections are available for free public access. In a few cases, use of materials is limited to educational use and subscriptions are required, but complete low-resolution versions of all the collections are available.

Source: Cartography Associates

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