The Earth Science World ImageBanksubmitted by
Higher Order Thinking Skills:
Recognizing Geologic Features and Processes
Using Visual Examples to Demonstrate Geologic Concepts
Role of Activity in a Course:
Data, Tools and Logistics
The database is searchable by browsing under main subject categories, selecting specific search criteria, or typing in a keyword. Once images are found, additional searches can be made by simply clicking on hyperlinked keywords and locations.
The goal of ESWIB is to provide a variety of users with free access to high-quality geoscience images and technical art gathered from photographers, scientists, and government organizations. Each image is cataloged by main subject category, location, author, image rights, and includes a detailed description. Additionally, each image is precisely indexed using a series of keywords from AGI's Georef Thesaurus. Students, teachers, scientists, and the general public can download these images for their own use. Example uses include slide-show presentations, papers, lectures, labs, posters, and any other educational or outreach purposes. All non-commercial uses are allowed for images in ESWIB, including non-profit publications with distributions less than 2,000 copies.
The ESWIB website provides a technical support page for users who are having difficulties, a feedback section to help with site and image improvements, and a detailed description of image uses and copyright details. ESWIB is also connected to the Earth Science World homepage - an educational resource that has been developed by AGI and of which ESWIB is a part.
Images are scanned at a very high resolution (20 x 30 inches, RGB, 8-bit, 72 dpi, 3000 pixels wide/high) and depending on the author's rights, AGI plans to make high-resolution copies (digital or print) available for non-commercial and commercial purposes. Non-commercial users can obtain high-resolution poster prints or digital copies for a nominal fee. Commercial users of the ImageBank will be pleased to learn that fees for use of ESWIB's geoscience images are far less than what most image providers charge. We anticipate fees no greater than 0 to 0 per image per use - half of which goes directly to the photographer, with the remainder going to support AGI educational programs.
Work on this project began in August 2002 with the initial collecting and scanning of images. Currently, more than 1,300 images are fully indexed and searchable within ESWIB. In addition to these images that are readily available, approximately 7,000 images are awaiting indexing, and more than 10,000 images have been identified for submission into ESWIB. The ImageBank debuted in June 2003, and within four weeks had over 100,000 image views. This ImageBank is different from other photo sites available in that the scope has more breadth and depth than other image resources, and the images are cataloged with a very high grade of detail and precision, which makes finding needed images fast and easy. The image services offered by ESWIB are also unique, such as low-cost commercial options and high quality image printouts. AGI is constantly soliciting images in an attempt to expand the database. Users can also contribute images of their own to the database by following instructions on the ESWIB website.
In the future, AGI plans on adding a 'photo of the day' section, connecting the ImageBank to the upcoming online version of the Glossary of Geology, as well as continuing to develop new enhanced features for the images.