Images Repository Library for the Sciences?
.: David Stern from Yale posted the following to a number of listservs last week:
The ARTstor board is thinking about whether there's a need in the sciences for a resource like ARTstor - that is, a centralized licensed digital library of relevant images, along with tools that lend themselves to pedagogical and scholarly uses. http://www.artstor.org/info/If you have any ideas, suggestions, feedback, etc., please contact David at david.e.stern AT yale.edu. For more responses to David's e-mail, search the PAMNET archives, using the phrase, "images repository".
They are considering bringing together a few folks - science librarians with fairly wide portfolios, slide curators for science programs if such exist, and perhaps a professor or two engaged with digital media. My initial resonse was: I am sure this makes sense for certain disciplines. My immediate focus would be on astronomy, topology (mathematics of surfaces), condensed matter physics (properties of surfaces), and remote sensing satellite images.
I have been asked by my friends at ARTstor if I might suggest a few names. Your suggestions, and comments, would be greatly appreciated.