The objective of the Anatomia project was to digitize and provide
web access to a collection of approximately 4,300 images.
The project implementation can be divided into three separate processes:
- Metadata creation
- Database creation and web access
The scanning was done by Preservation Services, University of Toronto
Library, on the Eyelike digital camera system V 3.04. The master
images have been captured to the following standard:
Scanning Bit Depth:
|8-bit per channel of colour information (24 per
Since the chosen standard for archiving generates large files (average
file size 48 MB), the project team chose to convert the images to
JPGs for online delivery. The site provides users with 3 sizes of
JPGs -- a thumbnail for quick reference and two of varying sizes
for examination and usage. In order to balance the onscreen quality
with the overall size of the download, JPG images were created at
a medium compression level.
The structural metadata was captured in a relational database during
the scanning process. The structural metadata tables contain information
about the pagination of the document, correlation between filename
and page numbers, features of the document as well as particular
comments about the quality of the original material.
The descriptive metadata was also saved in a relational database
format. The descriptive metadata contains fields such as title,
author, artist, technique, dimensions, subject and others that facilitate
in the discovery and retrieval of information.
Database creation and Web access
The Anatomia collection is made available on-line using ColdFusion
technology. ColdFusion is a web application development product
that enables the creation of dynamic websites by providing database
to web connectivity.