Wednesday, October 18, 2006

digital imaging = visual information?

In another life, an improvisation coach told me that acting was communicating and therefore all should study it. Through acting you learned to express the feelings that you wished to communicate to another. So too, imaging expresses information. When calling an image visual information the question is what is the information it is expressing. Is it a surrogate, a representation of something else and thus relates all the information of the original or is it itself an original. This differentiation has long created a dichotomy for those creating digital image collections.
There are those creating libraries of surrogates, they may be surrogates of objects in real collections or used as teaching points. These libraries are the ones that talk about increased access for many, preservation by reducing handling of the original objects, and improved presentation methods.
Then there are the ones who need improved filing systems to retrieve the right digital file. They talk about reuse. The image itself has a provenance if you will. In the past I had grouped my marketing clients here, but now I see that both my institutional and corporate clients have both such collections. The corporation advertisements are in some ways surrogates for its product which might be seen as its collection. The institution create historical/promotional documentation of its activities whose images are important for the information that they contain. I am just about to co-chair a panel at the MCN annual conference entitled"the DAM - the Many Headed Hydra" where we will discuss this same issue, how do we manage these two different types of collections?

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Survival Standards

So if information truly does become multi media in context will it become the tower of babel and is that bad? Standards do seem drab sometimes and limiting, but the artist/designer side of me always did find I did my best work when working with structure or limits. I know that in some realms of "creativity" rules and standards are frowned upon, but even the great masters learned the rules before they broke them. So yes I believe in structure until going ooutside that structure gains you more then just freedom to be you.
A little conformity please, would be good.

Monday, August 07, 2006

Images are information

Images are information
Well, it has taken me more than two years to get back to this blog, but here I am.
I am just about to publish this quarter's newsletter and am struck by the coalescing of the digital technologies. There are now cellphones that shoot 10 megapixel images and play music as well as communicate wirelessly. See Samsung for the latest techie toys and my News at for the latest a greatest.
An image file in a very near future may actually not only carry printing instructions but also information about the object it is imaging. What a great wrapper for information.
Images will truly be information then.
If we only can standardize and preserve all that data.

Gert/ aka Iminteg
at Image Integration