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How it works

The Meta-Image Editor is only accessible via prometheus, which also handles access rights. Authorisation for editing a collection is defined there and cannot be changed in Meta-Image. Users, who are editing the collection in the Meta-Image Editor, are permitted to do nearly everything they want to: add metadata, create layers, mark image details and create links between layers or images. But they are not permitted to upload images into the Meta-Image-collection. This is to ensure the consistency of the collection in Meta-Image and prometheus. This means that the user has to upload the images into their own personal prometheus collection. This function is not implemented yet but will be soon.

The formal documentary metadata of the images in prometheus will be enhanced by the results of the informal analysis in Meta-Image: Meta-image results will be written to prometheus. Source and context always remain transparent and connected to the relevant author. This process does not affect the original metadata of the records, which are provided in the integrated databases. Whether this information can be used for image retrieval will be discussed during the course of the project.

Once the results of the research in the Meta-Image-Editor have been published, a link to the Meta-Image Reader will appear in the corresponding prometheus collection.

Summing up, the various functions and aspects of prometheus ensure that the relevant research material is made available and resources are pooled as connected databases. The network-based infrastructure and secure legal access to the material for research and education are location independent. Meta-Image offers interactive and collaborative structures to analyse and display image structures and connections directly on the images.

Combining these functions and advantages, Meta-Image delivers optimal conditions for network-based and collaborative image discourse in art history and visual culture studies.

In his trilogy The Rise of the Network Society Manuel Castells discovers that ‘the technology does not determine society, but embodies it’ (Castells, 2001, p. 5). The media are offering new and different horizons of possibilities and spaces for activity, but society has to decide whether to choose stability or destruction (Simon, 2007, p. 3). We are now at the point of decision: whether to benefit from the possibilities of hypertext applied to media, and interactivity of the medium for the image discourse or not. We really think we should embrace this opportunity!



This text is extracted and slightly changed from:

Dieckmann, Lisa; Kliemann, Anita; Warnke, Martin: Meta-Image – a collaborative environment for the image discourse. In: EVA London 2010. Electronic Visualisation and the Arts. Conference Proceedings, hrsg. von Alan Seal, Jonathan Bowen, Kia Ng. Plymouth 2010, S. 190-198.



Castells, M. (2001) Der Aufstieg der Netzwerkgesellschaft. Teil 1 der Trilogie. Das Informationszeitalter. Opladen.

Simon, H. (2007) Kunstgeschichte im digitalen Informationszeitalter – Eine kritische Standortbestimmung (Plenumsvortrag am 14. März 07 auf dem 29. Deutschen Kunsthistorikertag in Regensburg). In Art-Dok. Publikationsplattform Kunstgeschichte, Heidelberg.