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CMET Interactive Media Completes Interactive Website and Image Archive Featuring Monuments of the Mongolian Altai

The UO Libraries’ Interactive Media group, Document Center, Metadata Services and Digital Projects unit, and the  AAA Library’s Visual Resources Collection all recently collaborated with Dr. Esther Jacobson-Tepfer, of the UO’s Department of Art History, and the UO Infographics Lab to create a website documenting the ancient archaeological monuments in the Altai Mountains of Mongolia.

The Mongolian Altai Inventory and Mapping Project is based on fifteen years of field research in mountainous Bayan Ölgiy Aimag, in northwestern Mongolia. Funded by a National Endowment for the Humanities grant, the project is dedicated to the identification and recording of all significant concentrations of surface archaeology in that region and to the analysis of their typologies, probable chronologies, and interconnection with the larger landscape.

The website supports Jacobson-Tepfer’s belief that “archaeological monuments reflect the movement of ancient hunters and herders through time and space; and that the orientation of monuments and their placement within the landscape were deliberate and meaningful.” Features on the site include an inventory of monument classes, an interactive photographic archive, an interactive map, and background on the geography and landscape of the Altai region.

For the project, the Interactive Media group, which is part of the library’s Center for Media and Educational Technologies (CMET), designed and developed the interactive graphic interface for the website. Other library units contributed services and expertise in providing maps and photographic images. A complete list of participants in the project is at http://mongolianaltai.uoregon.edu/theproject.php.

CMET’s Interactive Media group offers a wide range of services, including the design and development of dynamic websites, tutorials, interactive learning tools, CD-ROMs, and DVDs. Check out the portfolio of interactive projects completed. Services offered by the Interactive Media group are available to UO faculty members and campus units. For more information, contact Kirstin Hierholzer, CMET’s assistant director, at 541-346-1995, kirstinh@uoregon.edu.

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