Fast Facts: OhioLINK Digital Media Center (DMC)
What is the Digital Media Center (DMC)?
The Digital Media Center archives
and provides access to a variety of multimedia material. It contains 3,000+
digital educational films and documentaries, including foreign language instruction
videos; thousands of electronic images, including images of famous works of
art from museums worldwide; sounds; historical documents, including historic
Ohio city maps; satellite images of Ohio; and more. Several collections are
accessible to anyone worldwide. Materials in the DMC may be shown in class,
utilized in course materials, or used to enhance papers, projects and presentations.
1999 – The DMC launched with art images from two collections,
Saskia and AMICO (now known as the Art Collection).
Several collections are accessible to anyone worldwide via the Internet.
Some licensed collections are only available to current students, faculty
and staff at participating OhioLINK institutions.
- Users downloaded 553,970 multimedia items from the DMC and the AP Photo
Archive from March 2008 through February 2009.
- The were 82,019 downloads/streams of the videos in the Educational
Films & Documentaries collection from March 2008 through February
In the area of art & architecture,
the DMC includes:
Art Collection - contains high-quality, digital images of works of art
from museums around the world. Originally known as the AMICO collection, it
was one of the two original collections available when the DMC launched in
Art History Images - digital art images with a special emphasis on the
core images required for teaching the history of Western Art. The collection
includes titles from the textbooks Gardner's Art Through the Ages,
Stokstad's History of Art, and Hartt's History of Italian Renaissance
Art. This was one of two original collections available when the DMC
launched in 1999.
from the Akron Art Museum* - includes works by Stieglitz, Rauschenberg,
Warhol, and Weegee. The collection was added to the DMC in 2001.
Prints by Cleveland Artists* - high resolution scans of works of art by
Cleveland artists, commissioned under the Works Progress Administration. The
collection was contributed to the DMC in 2002 by Case
Western Reserve University Library’s Special Collections.
& Architecture by the University of Cincinnati* - including works
by Eisenman, Fellheimer & Wagner, Latrobe, Elizabeth Nourse, and Frank
Lloyd Wright. This collection was added to the DMC in 2000.
Three multi-subject video collections
Films & Documentaries - 2,200+ educational digital videos from the
distributors Ambrose Video Publishing and Films for the Humanities and Sciences.
The collection debuted in June 2003 with 380 videos.
Language Videos* - Foreign language video clips, produced by the ViewPoints
Project of the Five
Colleges of Ohio consortium, in which native speakers of Arabic, Mandarin
Chinese, French, German Russian, Spanish and Swahili elaborate about their
culture, family, daily life and more. The collection debuted on the DMC in
of Physics Demonstrations - 600 videos of physics experiments available
for viewing and downloading. The collection debuted on the DMC in 2002.
There are numerous history &
Brothers Collection*, from Wright
State University Libraries, documents the invention of the airplane, the
lives of the Wright Family, and the Wrights' flying exhibitions in Europe
and the United States. The collection debuted on the DMC in June 2001 with
Historic Maps are large scale street plans produced by the Sanborn Fire
Insurance company from 1867 to 1970. The maps were added to the DMC in April
Erie's Yesterdays* is a collection of historic photographs of northwestern
Ohio, from the Rutherford B. Hayes
Presidential Center, documenting the local history of the Erie Islands
and Lake Erie's western basin. The Center began adding images from this collection
to the DMC in February 2003.
State Shootings Oral Histories* is a collection of recordings related
to the May 4, 1970 shootings of Vietnam War protestors at Kent State University.
The 69 oral histories include many eyewitness accounts of the event and its
aftermath, contributed by people who were students, faculty members, and City
of Kent residents at the time, as well as an account by an Ohio National Guardsman.
This collection went live on the DMC in May 2005.
Underground Railroad Freedom Center Digital Images* - a collection of
documents related to slavery, abolition, and emancipation. The collection
includes abolitionist broadsheets, photographs by Matthew Brady, letters and
speeches of President Lincoln and other presidents, and other historic letters,
documents, and pictures. It launched on the DMC in 2003.
W. Scripps Papers*, is a collection of letters and photos from the Scripps
Manuscript Collection at the Ohio
University Libraries. The collection debuted on the DMC in 2001.
Maps of Akron & Summit County, Ohio* were contributed to the DMC by
the University of Akron
Libraries in 2004.
Archaeology Photographs* show Mayan architecture and scenery from Mexico,
Honduras, and Guatemala and serves as a resource for the exploration of the
various and complex interrelationships within Mayan society. The images were
contributed by the Anthropology
Department at Oberlin College in 2001.
and Latin Inscriptions* is a collection of digitized squeezes (accurate
paper impressions) of inscriptions from Greece, Italy, and Macedonia. The
squeezes were contributed by the Center
for Epigraphical and Palaeographical Studies at The Ohio State University
There are five science collections
in the DMC:
* Collection is freely available to anyone worldwide via the Internet.
Last Update: April 2009