What is MESL?
Where do the images come from?
----- There are 7 contributing institutions: this and other information about MESL can be found at the main MESL web site: http://www.ahip.getty.edu/mesl/home.html
|The Fowler Museum of Cultural History||The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston|
|The George Eastman House||The National Gallery of Art|
|Harvard University Art Museums||The National Museum of American Art|
|The Library of Congress|
What universities are involved?
|American University||University of Maryland at College Park|
|Columbia University||University of Michigan|
|Cornell University||The University of Virginia|
|University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign|
Who is involved at Cornell?
College of Architecture, Art & Planning: Art Department & Visual Resources Facility
College of Arts & Sciences: History of Art Department
Cornell Theory Center
Division of Rare & Manuscript Collections, University Library
Fine Arts Library
Interactive Multimedia Group (IMG)
Johnson Museum of Art
Who is allowed to use this site?
Are there restrictions?
----- As you will find in any digital environment, it is very easy to bend or break the rules so restrictions are difficult to enforce.
This doesn't mean that there aren't any restrictions: please read and adhere to the Conditions of Use.
Can I print out the images?
----- It is assumed that students and faculty will use the MESL images in a variety of ways. Printing the images or incorporating the images within other documents is not prohibited.
What about copyright?
----- The copyright of the images belongs to the image-providing institutions. If you need to make use of the images in a way that goes beyond the Conditions of Use, you must contact the image-providing institutions directly.
I am a faculty member interested in using MESL images in my courses. How
can I become involved? Where can I get information/help?
----- The first step is to contact the Cornell MESL Project Coordinator, Noni Korf Vidal, via e-mail: NK11@cornell.edu or phone: 255-3530.
I'm having trouble searching! Why?
How can I get better search results?
----- Searching is a complex activity. In MESL it is especially complex because MESL is a collection of collections, i.e. the images in MESL have been catalogued by 7 different institutions and the data within each field of information varies greatly. Review the Search Tips. Review the Field Definitions and Examples of Search Terms (these are linked off the field names on the main Search page ). Remember that searching is an iterative activity--when you find an image that you do want, note the data that accompanies the image and try another search using those terms. For example, for the field name OBJECT TYPE, here are the search terms used by a few of the institutions:
Definition: The classification of the object by type.
FMCH: Stirrup spout bottle , Two-piece mold
HUAM: Architectural element, Stained glass
MFAH: DECORATIVE ART; Double Mazer Cup with cover; Woodwork; Metalwork
NGA: Decorative Art;Ceramic;Plate
NMAA: graphic art
What is the difference between Image Search Mode and Text-Only Mode?
----- When you use Image Search Mode your resulting query will be displayed as a group of small images with up to 5 fields of data. Clicking on the image will link you to a screen size image with ALL the data that accompanies the image. From there you can link to a high resolution image. The Text-Only mode allows for faster display of query results. (This mode is equivalent to turning off the "Auto Load Images" feature in Netscape.) The same information is returned but instead of viewing small images, the filenames of images are displayed. Again, clicking on a filename will link you to the full data and screen size image and lead you to a link to download the high resolution image.
How can I speed up my searching?
----- At any given moment, search speeds will depend partly upon the speed of the network and partly on the complexity of your search query. If you are consistently having trouble with your searches, please contact the Cornell MESL Project Coordinator.
Is MESL only available on with Netscape on the Web?
The images are splotchy on my monitor--why?
----- The screen size and thumbnail images are 24-bit color JPEG files. If your monitor is not capable of displaying 24 bit color the images will not display properly. All of the computers at the CIT public computer labs have monitors capable of displaying 24-bit color. Alternatively you could download images and convert them to 8bit color using image editing software.
What software is used at the CU-MESL site?
----- The data for the 4700 images is stored in Filemaker Pro 3.0, the cgi used is rofm, the server software is WebStar. The site is run from a Macintosh at the Cornell Theory Center. The images were resized and standardized using DeBabelizer.
What is new at this site?
----- We are frequently making changes to this site. Recently we added examples of search terms used by the institutions. These links can be found following the field definitions on the search form. We also just moved to Filemaker Pro 3.0 so now we have enabled the ability to sort the search results.