Over the summer of 2018 the LUNA Imaging suite was upgraded to version with much new functionality. Perhaps the most notable addition is the LUNAVersal viewer. In short, this new viewer is a “mobile” viewer.
LUNA Imaging says: “Our new responsive LUNAversal Viewer provides an alternative option to the LUNA Viewer. While theLUNA Viewer is full-featured and ideal for researchers, the LUNAversal Viewer is responsive and ideally suited to sharing access to collections on mobile devices. “
Responsive – UI built for expanded delivery to audiences on mobile platforms
Aims to meet WCAG 2.0 Level A web accessibility standards and includes standard keyboard navigation
Utilizes IIIF technology for image delivery
Open code provides an opportunity to further customize the LUNAversal Viewer
Customizable font and background color
Supports Google Analytics
Search and Display Features included: Collection selection, Media Group viewing, Facets, Related Media, Keyword Search, Thumbnail size selection,
Image zooming, thumbnail navigation and rotation, Data Display,
Browse media results by paging ( desktop), swiping (mobile) and
Share and Embed (includes URL to IIIF mainfest).
How do I take the LUNAVersal Viewer for a test drive?
There are two ways to test it out.
If you are using a traditional computing device then simply us this URL: http://luna.pomona.edu/ll/index.html and your browser will be redirected to the LUNAVersal viewer.
For phones or tablets, simply point your mobile devices browser to: http://luna.pomona.edu and LUNA will magically default to the new viewer.
A new collection has become available on the LUNA imaging system. The collection is titled the “Pomona Theatre Garment Collection” and can be viewed at the following URL from any on campus IP address at the 7c’s without authentication : http://luna.pomona.edu/luna/servlet/POMONA~7~7
The collection features detailed photographs of select historic Theatre garments from the Theatre Department’s collection. Most of the items in this collection are well over 100 years old. The photography was taken over the summers of 2017 and 2018. This faculty project was funded with a grant from the Hahn Teaching with Technology program and was under the direction of Sherry Linnell, Resident Designer and Professor of Theatre.
Credit is to be give to the following individuals: Photography and Metadata 2017 & 2018 – Michael Mao, Theatre Student; Photography 2017 – Eve Wang, Theatre Student; Photography, Post editing, and LUNA Management 2017 & 2018 – Jason Smith, Instructional Technologist.
Video47 is a poplar video hosting tool many faculty and students have come to love over the years. It is a tool that can be found within all Pomona College hosted Sakai courses and used by Pomona Faculty to create playlists from a centralized video repository. All viewers (typically students or community auditors) need to do is be members of the Sakai course to view content.
Over the Sumer of 2018 a new more robust machine was created for the service. Installed was the most up-to date and fresh operating system. Disk space for the media was made larger and optimized. The streaming engine was updated and some new automation and monitoring tools have been initialized. Finally, all the media and data was synchronized to the new machine.
Now for some fun facts about Video47:
- Video47 made its debut in the Fall of 2009. It’s 9 years old!
- The average number of Pomona courses that use Video47 playlists are now over 100 per semester.
- The video repository contains over 4000 titles.
- The Video47 Unicorn is named Rainbow.
This summer the server known as sax.pomona.edu was rebuilt and rejuvenated. The content and applications from the old server were moved to the new install. Improvements were made to the disk partitions so that continued media growth will be able to continue without issue. The most current OS available has been installed and secured.
What exactly is SAX and what does it host? Sax hosts a variety of media items for instruction as well as custom applications built by the Instructional Technology Group.
There are two new collections within LUNA that may be viewed from any on campus IP address or via VPN. These collections are: Scripps Asian Art collection and the Scripps Gardens collection.
One might ask: Why does Scripps College have collections on the LUNA server? This is because LUNA has been a collaborative initiative between Pomona College and Scripps College which dates all the way back to 2005 when the first image collections were created.
Finally, you may learn more about what LUNA Software is by visiting the LUNA Imaging Software website.