RIT has no complete visual and /or factual catalog of the pieces of art presently displayed in public areas. Many pieces of work on campus are in desperate need of repair as well as plaques to identify the work. Visions, the only known bound record of a selection of artwork on the Henrietta campus, was produced by the RIT Communications Office in 1975. The Archives in Wallace Memorial Library have a small collection of slides of various artworks, however, many works of art are currently missing. Several valuable pieces of work were lost in the move from the city campus to Henrietta, and some pieces have yet to be removed from storage in Physical Plant. RIT is not fully aware of what is currently located in public areas. This interactive catalog will create a complete visual and factual catalog of the artwork located in public areas on the RIT Henrietta campus. Being interac tive, this catalog will include full-color images, sound, QuickTime movie clips and text about the piece of work, its location on campus, the artist, as well as any other relevant information that can be gathered on the work. The catalog will be user-friendly so that anyone with little or no computer experience will have no trouble operating the program. Information on the artwork along with a full-color image of the piece will be displayed on each card. This interactive archival catalog will be simple for anyone to use. People with or without computer skills or experience with multimedia applications should discover that this catalog is a faster and more entertaining way to retrieve data. This thesis will investigate past, present and future storage meth ods for information. In addition, this project will research how effective interac tive archival storage is. Upon completion, the Interactive Archival Catalog will be tested by thirty students from the School of Fine and Applied Arts, the College of Photographic Arts and Sciences, and the School for Printing Management and Sciences. The students will be asked to play with the catalog for at least ten minutes and then answer some questions about it. The questions and responses can be found in Chapter 6, page 35. All comments and suggestions were noted and changes that needed to be made were corrected. The purpose of this catalog is to introduce the RIT community to the art work present on campus. Implementing interactive multimedia makes the data search experience an enjoyable and interesting one. If the catalog is successful, people will develop an appreciation of the artwork on this campus as well as an interest in interactive data storage and retrieval systems.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Rochester Institute of Technology--Archives--Data processing; CD-I technology; Interactive multimedia; Archives--Data processing
Department, Program, or Center
School of Print Media (CIAS)
Clayman, Jill, "An Investigation into the development of an interactive archival catalog of art within the Rochester Institute of Technology" (1994). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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