Glifos and Artist Documentation Program

As I mentioned in class last night, the Artist Documentation Program uses oral history videos to document the conservation issues of artworks by recording a dialogue/inquiry between artists and conservationists. What is striking about this project is the interactivity of how these videos are displayed, annotated, and shared using a social media toolset created by Glifos:

“The GLIFOS – social media toolset automates the production, cataloguing, digital preservation, access, and sharing of rich-media over diverse presentation devices (PCs, PDAs, smart phones), data transport platforms (Web, streaming media, CDs, DVDs), and operating systems (Windows, Mac OS, Linux). Moreover, the use of an XML-based open specification, which is technology-, platform- and format-independent, guarantees content portability to platforms that will arise in the future (digital preservation).

Rich-media content integrates video, text, and images to such an extent that it transmits the richness of video (a manufacturing process, a doctor’s bedside manner, the passion of a lecturer) without losing the functionality of a book: finding a word, studying a diagram in detail, making annotations, bookmarking specific sections, and extracting references. gmPlayer synchronizes video and audio content with an unlimited number of tables of content, transcripts in one or more languages, references, slides, and student notes via the gmNotes functionality.”

This appears to be a powerful, multi-faceted toolset, and I am curious to see if might be something that could be realistic for COAHSI. Glifos also has a suite of more library/OPAC-like tools that are worth checking out.