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VRA Foundation Awards the First 2012 Project Grant

Thursday, May 31, 2012


are awarded $1500 for their project

"Software Development for Transferring Embedded Metadata into Presentation Software" 


Thursday May 31, 2012

The Board of Directors of the Visual Resources Association Foundation is pleased to announce the award of its Spring 2012 VRAF Project Grant to Heidi Eyestone, Carleton College and Greg Reser, University of California, San Diego, in support of their project " Software Development for Transferring Embedded Metadata into Presentation Software ."  The amount of the award is $1,500.

This project will focus on creating new software plug-ins for importing embedded metadata from image files into the presentation software tools PowerPoint, Keynote and ARTstor OIV.  Greg Reser and the Embedded Metadata working group (EMwg), part of the VRA Data Standards Committee, has successfully created a VRA Core 4 compliant data panel and tools for exporting and importing metadata into image files using Adobe Bridge and MS Excel.  Creating an import tool for presentation software is a next logical step to make image files with embedded metadata useful for those using them to lecture and teach.  This project builds upon existing metadata resources and tools like the data panel and import/export tool created by Greg Reser and vetted by the EMwg and Data Standards Committee (http://metadatadeluxe.pbworks.com/).  It would extend the usefulness of embedded metadata to the user community of scholars and teachers who rely on images we curate and these common presentation tools.   This tool would be made available for download to the VRA community and the general public through the Metadata Deluxe blog

The VRAF Project Grant will be used to hire and supervise a programmer during the development process, to perform testing with those in the EMwg, followed by a version to be tested by the VRA membership resulting in a final version endorsed by the VRA and made available to the public on the Metadata Deluxe website.

On behalf of the Visual Resources Association Foundation, Chairperson Christine Hilker commented that members of the review committee were impressed with the project, because it builds on previous work and the plug-ins will be of enormous use to the visual resources community and beyond. 

The VRAF Project Grant is awarded twice a year. Its purpose is to provide support for projects in the field of visual resources and image management that are consonant with the VRA Foundation mission. Up to $1,500 will be awarded per grant. The funds may be used for small, stand-alone projects, pilots or start-up financing for larger projects, or for a component of a larger project. Collaborative projects and those proposed by groups, whether or not affiliated with an organization or institution, are favored. 

Project proposals may be submitted at any time during the year. The Foundation reviews and selects projects for funding twice a year, in May and December. Guidelines and Application Form can be found at http://www.vrafoundation.org/

The next deadline is October 31, 2012.


For information about grants, contact:
Elizabeth Gushee or Alix Reiskind
Directors, VRA Foundation Board


The mission of the VRA Foundation is to advance knowledge in the field of visual resources and image management and to provide educational and training opportunities in support of broad access to cultural information in the digital age. The Foundation advances awareness of important issues for digital information management; encourages the application of professional standards, innovative technology, and metadata cataloging protocols; facilitates workplace training; and promotes awareness of intellectual property rights and copyright issues. The VRA Foundation supports a range of educational offerings to help ensure that such information reaches a diverse and global audience.  http://www.vrafoundation.org/



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