The Visual Resource Collection in the Art & Art History Department has joined the Digital Archive Services (DASE) of the University of Texas at Austin. DASE is a joint effort of Liberal Arts, Fine Arts, and the General Libraries. It consists of a set of applications for the collection, cataloging, and serving of digital media collections from all over the university.
In the future, the DASE Media Browser will give faculty and students the ability to search diverse collections of images, videos, audio files, and other media. Currently ten image collections have been uploaded (approaching 50,000 images). They are accessible and can be used for classroom instruction. Full-search capability is restricted to individuals via electronic identification (UTEID).
By joining DASE, it will possible that the vast image collection of the VRC, foremost a teaching resource for faculty in the department of Art & Art History, can be accessed by all university members.