(VAF Image Exchange, VAF Pedagogical Image Exchange, VAF Image Cooperative?)
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I. Objectives:

to create an image resource aimed primarily toward supporting teaching of vernacular architecture, initially drawing principally from VAF annual meeting field tour sites, combining digitized plans from the field guides with digital images taken by those shooting them during or before the meeting. To this one would add basic location, name, and date data, possibly fuller blurbs from the write-ups, and archival images where they would be permitted for posting without jumping through too many hoops.


a. these will be posted on an open VAF PIE website.

b. permission will be given by donors for non-profit edu use, but restricting republication without explicit permission directly from the photographer or other rightsholders.

c. accept various resolutions, but where we can we aim to post at about 1200 px across (or 900 px vertically) and from that create a derivative that's smaller, for screen-sized shots. We'll archive any larger originals.

d. for the initial pilot, we will try to choose a subset from each guide that favors . . .

  1. one to four of the clearest examples of any given type
  2. well-known buildings that are or were touchstones of scholarly discussion
  3. for each, we must have a usable plan
  4. where we are able to use them, favor places with writeups that are especially revealing

e. as to which images for each place, we will aim at a half-dozen or so of the most pedagogically pointed, complementary images -- not every space, vantage point, scenic view, or curious detail in beautiful light. Ideally, this might mean just one or two in each of the categories below, where they're most likely to be used for making key points in teaching. Special emphasis might be placed on the asterisked view types.

  1. * an iconic view including the best known front
  2. * a plan
  3. * another , wider exterior that helps describe the setting
  4. other exterior vantage points
  5. key exterior details
  6. section, and other plans, if particularly helpful
  7. interior views
  8. interior details
  9. archival images where easily acquired

f. avoid archival images from the field guide except where permission to post is clean and easily obtained -- best in en masse as part of a large set of permitted archival images rather than one by one.

g. begin with the last few meetings as the ones most liklely to have lots of already digital shots, i.e, SPM, Williamsburg, Newport, Annapolis, and W. GA, with PA and AZ as they come on line.

h. build incrementally, starting with good digital shots even where small in file size, and scans or digital images from the field guides, replacing good with better, larger, etc., demoting others successively to a second tier or eliminating them as better ones become available.

i. once we've got most of what we can get that's already digital, we'll solicit and scans slides as a 2nd-phase effort where it provides wanted complimentary images or we need greater resolution than acquired in the first run through.

j. if permission is easily attainable for them, we'll include images from the slide packets as already selected for their importance and pedagogical utility.

k. take suggestions from authors and donors as to which dozen or so sites from each field guide to prioritize.

l. find ways to distribute this effort, perhaps with specific meeting-adopting working groups working toward a common format.

m. phasing #1: the first solicitation for images, after the field guide plans, will go to known digital shooters, then to others w/ digital or digitzed shots, then to the VAF board for complementary images, including slides.

n. phasing #2: field guide writeups and archival images are desirable, but secondary to the plans and live images.

o. get permission from donors to offer our images to similarly intended scholarly projects, w/ VAF branding somehow for the ones we contribute.

p. maintain a spreadsheet with minimal cataloguing data for eventual database delivery in order to allow fielded searches and easier sharing with other database-driven image projects. We'll ultimately try to comply with other emerging metadata standards for fields and controlled vocabularies, but initially we can start with the fields below.

A. about the place:

B. about the image:

q. set up initially as static web pages, but w/ db components for eventual dynamic, searchable presentation.

r. encourage the creation of various front ends that call on these through links to define sets by various characteristics, say, by plan type, structural details, building function, etc.

s. in this effort, less will be more manageable than all, and probably much more usable. This will make it easier to locate usable images of key places, even ad hoc in the classroom. More sites, and more images of each, can lie a layer deeper, for folks who want to drill deeper.

t. this summer we'll get a start on this with paid student help.

u. for SPM, we'll prioritize about half the asterisked examples given on the one-page visitor's guide.

v. if contributors have time, it will be helpful for them to identify their images individually or by folder using the nomenclature in point p above, i.e., [02v2p164.], based on the page that these appear initiaslly in a given year's field guide.

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