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Africa Focus: Image and Sound Collection

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To access or cite this collection:
http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/AfricaFocus.Focus

Click on an image to browse Africa Focus by predefined image subject grouping:

Artisans
Artisans
Buildings
Buildings and Structures
Cities and towns
Cities and Towns
Education
Education
Landscape
Landscape
Religion
Religion
Women
Women

Click on an image to browse Africa Focus by predefined sound subject grouping:

Drums
Drums
Greetings
Greetings
Rites and Ceremonies
Rites and Ceremonies
Songs and Singing
Songs and Singing

About the Collection

This online collection is maintained by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries. It contains digitized images and sounds of Africa contributed over the years to the African Studies Program of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. These digital files are stored in an accessible database and are provided for personal use or educational presentations. The project was developed through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The completion date was March 1, 2000, at which time the site contained in its searchable database the digital representations of more than 3000 slides, 500 photographs, and 50 hours of sound from forty-five different countries. As we continue to expand, amend, and evaluate the site, suggestions and criticisms are welcomed by the Digital Content Group.

Project Mission

This project is the culmination of work produced by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries in accordance with a 1998 National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The development and dissemination of digital technology has afforded exciting new opportunities in teaching tools and methods, both in the classroom and at a distance. The challenge presented by these new opportunities is to develop and make accessible high-quality materials that are compatible with these new technologies and presentation methods.

Producing an Online Collection

The immediate goal of this project is to provide the general public with a selection of the images and sounds that have been contributed over the years to the African Studies Program of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with the hope that this will enhance the study and understanding of the many facets of the African continent. It brings together images captured on slides and in photographs as well as sound recordings on reel-to-reel and audio cassette. This allows for patrons of the electronic library to experience these materials directly, or to use them to create presentations using a common digital format. It enables the academic and non-academic audience alike to move beyond the blackboard and the book as the primary means of conveying information and engenders an understanding that goes beyond the printed word.

The Africa Focus Development Team

Project Steering Committee

  • Jim Delehanty, African Studies Program
  • Jo Ellen Fair, African Studies Program
  • Bob Newton, African Studies Program
  • Nolan Pope, GLS Library Technology Group
  • Deborah Reilly, GLS External Relations

Project Management

  • Bob Newton, African Studies Program
  • Peter Gorman, GLS Library Technology Group
  • Deborah Reilly, GLS External Relations

Selection and Metadata

  • Bob Newton, African Studies Program
  • Betty Wass, African Studies Program

Image Processing

  • Sandra Paske, GLS Microimaging Lab
  • Steven Dast, GLS Microimaging Lab
  • Michael Venner, GLS Microimaging Lab
  • Pat Tuchscherer, GLS Microimaging Lab

Sound Processing

  • Geri Laudati, Mills Music Library
  • Jenifer Ihde, Mills Music Library
  • Zachary Parker, Mills Music Library
  • Matthew Appleby, Mills Music Library

Layout and Graphic Design

  • Dan Joe, GLS External Relations

Database Design and Implementation

  • Rose Smith, DoIT Library and Information Retrieval Applications
  • Sue Dentinger, GLS Library Technology Group
  • Bob Newton, African Studies Program

User Interface Design and Implementation

  • Rose Smith, DoIT Library and Information Retrieval Applications
  • Peter Gorman, GLS Library Technology Group

Using This Site

Searches

There are four ways of executing a search:

  1. Predefined search: Click on a preselected subject heading for images or sound. The results will be displayed as a gallery of thumbnail images. Clicking on an image in the results set will pull up the image or link to the sound recording.
  2. Browse by subject: Type a keyword or a letter in the text box and click on the browse button. This will bring up a list of keywords, each followed by the number of records associated with that keyword. Clicking on this number will bring you to those records as a sequence of brief records.
  3. Keyword search: Type a word in the text box and click the search button. This will bring up a list of records which contain your search term in one or more of the fields. To make the search more specific, enter any combination of keywords, whether single words or a phrase, connected by the following operators: AND, to limit the search to records including all of the terms entered; OR, to expand the search to any of these; NOT, to exclude a term from the search. Then click on the search button. This method will search all relevant fields, including extended descriptions, for words or phrases that match those entered in the search box.
  4. Atlas search: Clicking on a country or country's name will bring you to the items associated with that country. If no records are found, this indicates there are no image or audio records for that country. The names of the countries are color-coded according to region.
  5. Guided Search: The guided search is similar to the keyword search. You can enter information into the search boxes and choose AND, OR, or NOT from the dropdown menus. More search limits are available in the other dropdowns, including specifying field, language, type, or subcollection. This search method enables the user to restrict the search to specific choices and combinations of criteria.

Displays

Images are stored in three different sizes: thumbnail, one-quarter size, and full. The results of searches can be displayed as a gallery view of thumbnails or as a sequence of brief records with the thumbnail to the left and selected metadata listed to the right. Search results can also be viewed as a series of full records. The default display for predefined searches and the Atlas search is the gallery view. All other searches will automatically be displayed as a sequence of brief records.

The full record is displayed with a quarter-size image at the top of the page and a complete list of relevant metadata below. This can be accessed by clicking on the text beneath the thumbnail image in the gallery view or by clicking on the title in the brief record display. In the full record, you can switch between image sizes by clicking on one of the squares (which represent image size) located below the image.

Sound

The records containing digitized sound recordings are available in Real Media format. Speakers and Real Player are required on your computer to listen to the streamed sound file. The Real Media player can be downloaded free of charge for both mac and pc from the real player website at: www.real.com.