A Visual Library for the Geosciences

Jan Zalasiewicz, Richard England

Abstract


This project developed a digital library of annotated photographs of geological specimens which has been integrated with the Department of Geology’s existing Blackboard resources. The library is available 24/7 enabling students to use it for enhanced learning, reference and revision. Images are downloadable to mobile devices (e.g. phones and mp3 players) and can be used for reference by students in the field. Difficulties were experienced with colour balancing in the photographs (which in some cases made the material difficult to recognize) and representing 3D patterns on 2D images.  However, the students found the material a useful addition to the online materials and the library could be packaged for distribution outside Blackboard. This will require further, ongoing work.

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