Image Collections Online Consultation

Image Collections Online (ICO) provides an environment for collection managers to easily showcase image collections curated by the libraries, departments, and cultural heritage institutions affiliated with Indiana University. ICO functions as a central gateway for preserving and disseminating digital image collections with a standards-based cataloging tool and web publishing mechanism.

Collections managers from any IU library, archival repository, department, museum, or other cultural heritage organization may use the service.  Requests for setting up an image collection from faculty members and other IU-affiliated scholars must be in accordance with copyright law and meet a research need.

What do I need to get started?

  • A collection of photographs or other image materials (including born-digital images) that you have the rights to make publicly available.
  • Metadata, or the ability to create metadata. If you have metadata already stored in a digital format (spreadsheet or database) we may be able to help you export it into the format used by ICO.
  • Time, dedication, and stamina. It takes a lot of time and effort to catalog images!
  • Funding may be necessary depending on the size and scope of the collection and the complexity of the metadata to be applied to the images.

If you are interested in developing a collection through ICO and you would like more information or an initial consultation, please Digital Collections Services.