|LUNA Imaging is
developing a personal collection feature.
It manages personal collections with the same Insight software as is
used for the institutional collections -- and on the same servers. It resembles the software for the
institutional collection in nearly every way but has the capability of
providing separate collection security and separate record structures.
|This feature was
alpha tested in February with the Cal. Digital Library (at UCI). A real prof with a real collection of
digital images spent 4 hours working with the software and discussing it with
observers. She found the process of
adding a collection very easy to learn, liked the easy batch processing of
image groups, appreciated having the full complement of Insight "image
work space" features while cataloging (light table re-groupings,
zooming, etc.), and was glad to see that Insight tends to keep the image and
its metadata together in its export features.
|The major fault she
found with this version was being limited to 3 templates for record
structures -- as soon as she understood the available records she was eager
to customize for her specific collection needs. There were also some interface and
documentation glitches -- as is typical with interfaces that are rich in
features and choices. (e.g. using the
control key to select multiple images).
The test subject noticed that it was difficult to record relationships
between images (such as the narrative sequence of several images) --
something that many of us have noticed with many other systems.