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Digital and Image Slide Collection

Digital image slide collection

Access to the Concordia University Digital Image and Slide Collection (DISC) is open to all Fine Arts faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students for the purpose of consulting our digital repository and our collection of 35 mm slides. Students also have access to a scanning station and several commonly used programs such as Photoshop and PowerPoint.

In March 2016 DISC saw the initial launch of a new digital image repository. Users can access this resource with their MyConcordia netname and password. This new databank presently has over 16,000 public-view images that can be downloaded and used for educational purposes only, such as student presentation, faculty classroom PowerPoint presentations, student research, etc.

The repository grows as faculty requests for digital images are fulfilled. Professors provide DISC with scannable media and DISC creates the digital images for the requestor as a service in support of curriculum delivery and research. The images and meta-data from these work orders are uploaded to the image repository making them available to other Fine Arts users. Images are also uploaded to FADIS.

Concordia is part of a consortium of Canadian universities working together to create a digital image library. The Federated Academic Digital Imaging System (FADIS) is accessible to all Fine Arts faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students. Users require a login and password. See the Visual Resources Facilitator - EV3.741.

The Digital Image and Slide Collection holds a bank of over 300,000 slides, covering a wide range of subjects: pre-historic cave-paintings, manuscripts, photographs, ceramics, fibre works, painting, drawing, sculpture, architecture, contemporary art, and many more, in addition to special collections.

These slides are available for viewing any time during our opening hours. DISC also houses the documentation centre of the Canadian Women Artists History Initiative open for consultation during DISC hours.

Here is a summary of DISC services and facilities.

  • Provide digital images for Fine Arts faculty, staff. 
  • A dedicated self-serve student scanning/work station for Fine Arts students. 
  • Access to DISC image and meta-data bank. 
  • Access to FADIS image and meta-data bank. 
  • Access to CWAHI. 
  • Need help with scanning, Photoshop, or PowerPoint? We’d be happy to assist. Drop in and ask for advice about these or any other image-related questions
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