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What is Image Collections Online (ICO)?

Established by the IU Libraries, the Image Collections Online (ICO) is the collective name for a dual set of services that support the creation and publication repository service supports the creation, curation, and publication of image collections online:

  • The Image Collections Online Service also known as PhotoCat, which provides scanning, workflow, ICO Cataloger provides repository submission and cataloging support for collections managers for the creation and ongoing maintenance of online image collections.
  • The Image Collections Online site, which ICO Portal serves as a showcase for gateway to various image collections curated by the libraries, departments, and cultural institutions of Indiana University. The site can be viewed here: www.dlib.indiana.edu/collections/images/

What is the Image Collections Online

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Portal (ICO Portal)?

The Image Collections Online (ICO) sitePortal serves as a showcase for gateway to various image collections curated by the libraries, departments, and cultural institutions of Indiana University.

Navigation for the ICO site Portal is provided through a series of browseable facets, found on the right-hand side of the page. All collections in ICO may be browsed by date and topic, and individual collections may be accessed by collection name. Collections are organized under units. Each unit and collection has a page in ICO where users can find out a bit more about them. Links to external unit pages are provided as well.

A simple search is provided at the top of the page. Users can search across all ICO collections, within all the collections belonging to a single unit, or within a specific collection.

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ICO different from other online photo sites?

The Image Collections Online site ICO Portal provides a central portal location for accessing, browsing, and searching image collections from across the Indiana University community. The In addition to the publicly accessible ICO Portal, the Image Collections Online Service repository service provides a cataloging interface (called PhotocatICO Cataloger) for describing a collection and the individual images that make up that collection. Staff from the IU Libraries provide support and training both for cataloging, and for the scanning of images that are not yet in a digital format. If your collection has already been cataloged in a database or spreadsheet, IU Libraries staff will work with you to migrate that information into the Images Collections Online Serviceservice, so you need not re-enter it by hand.

ICO is intended as a preservation solution for IU-affiliated cultural heritage organizations and scholars.  It is not an image hosting service like Flickr or Picassa.  

Who can create collections for Image Collections Online?

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