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Thursday, March 28 • 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Session: Ed Ruscha's Streets of LA: A lesson in digitizing, organizing and presenting visual information at the Getty

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  • Beth Haas, Digital Imaging Technician,  Princeton University, Firestone Library

  • Nathaniel Deines, Digital Art History Project Manager at the Getty Research Institute
  • Chris Edwards, Imaging and Digital Media Architect at the Getty Research Institute and J. Paul Getty Museum
  • David Newbury, Software and Data Architect at the Getty Research Institute

Artist Ed Ruscha spent decades methodically photographing the streets of LA. This collection, now housed at the Getty, includes miles of 35mm film containing unprecedented cultural information, capturing LA like no one else has. It presents a daunting, but exciting problem in organizing and presenting visual information, which the Getty is taking on with this 3 year project.

Chris Edwards, Imaging and Digital Media Architect at the Getty, will present an overview of the history of this collection and multiple facets of this project including unique digitization workflows, GIS mapping, metadata creation and organization, OCR in images, and presentation website creation. Chris will also discuss the unique challenges to digitizing miles of 35mm film that has been stored on movie film reels. He worked closely with Digital Transitions to solve the problems faced with this unique collection and will discuss creative ways to approach “problem” collections.

Nathaniel Deines, Digital Art History Project Manager at the Getty, oversees the Streets of LA project and will discuss the cataloging and metadata challenges (and victories!) associated with such a rich and far-reaching collection of visual data. He will also present on the GIS aspect of the project and working with Stanford to map the locations shown in Ruscha’s images. David Newbury, Software and Data Architect at the Getty, will discuss how the project will be presented, catering to two different audiences, one scholarly, one public. The scholarly website will include finding aids and presentation software that allows the viewer to scroll through the reels of film. The public interface will be a space to show off this amazing collection and some new technology produced at the Getty.

This in-depth look at a far reaching, culturally important project will offer insights into the many aspects of digitizing, organizing and presenting a unique collection and give attendees a chance to think outside the box in relation to their own collections.

Endorsed by the VRA Education Committee. 

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Thursday March 28, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm PDT
Golden State Ballroom I, Banquet Level DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Los Angeles Downtown, 120 S. Los Angeles St., Los Angeles, CA