Instant Architecture: Hosted Access to the Archivision Research Library with Built-In Image Management & Presentation Tools

  • Maureen A. Burns Ed.D. Archivision Inc. & IMAGinED Consulting
  • Andreas Knab vrcHost LLC
Keywords: Archivision, MDID, vrcHost


The Archivision Research Library is a collection of 100,000 digital images of art and architecture professionally photographed by a trained architect. It documents the built environment--from ancient monuments to cutting-edge contemporary constructions--with extensive, standardized descriptive metadata. Archivision is accessible for research and teaching through a web-based application--a dedicated hosted instance of MDID--with vrcHost LLC delivering full services and technical support: installation, integration, and maintenance. This combination provides not only instant access to Archivision, but also to sophisticated tools for managing images using an open source media management system to discover, aggregate, study, and present digital media.


The authors would like to acknowledge and profusely thank Scott Gilchrist, President of Archivision, for his collaborative nature and the enormous contribution he has made to the field of visual resources over the last twenty-five years by making his high quality, well-described, professional photography/digital images commercially available for educational purposes as well as for his generous support of VRA activities.

Author Biographies

Maureen A. Burns Ed.D., Archivision Inc. & IMAGinED Consulting

Maureen Burns is an information professional with over 30 years of experience developing and managing teaching resources of analog and digital images at UC Irvine, the Getty Villa, and CSULB. Presently working on a consulting basis through IMAGinED, Burns is handling sales for Archivision and is partnering on a CSU Archives Japanese American history digitization project as well as other image-focused work. With a doctorate in Educational Administration from the UCI/UCLA joint Leadership program, Burns provides editorial support for the electronic Journal for Learning through the Arts and works as a project coordinator for a UCI NSF K-12 arts integration professional development grant. She is completing four years of service as the Content Editor for the online VRA Bulletin and participating in the work of VRA’s LA Conference Planning, Development, International, and Financial Advisory Committees as well as Affiliate Representative to the College Art Association. She is also a past VRA president, past director of the VRA Foundation, and past chair of the VRA's Southern California Chapter.

Andreas Knab, vrcHost LLC

Andreas Knab is a software developer and entrepreneur. Through his work at James Madison University from 1998 to 2012, Andreas lead the development of the Madison Digital Image Database (MDID) in various positions, last as Lead Software Developer in the Center for Instructional Technology. Andreas founded vrcHost LLC in March 2013 to continue development and support of MDID by offering commercial support and hosting services. Since 2003 Andreas presented on MDID at most annual VRA and other conferences such as NMC (2005 and 2006), EDUCAUSE (2007) and SEI (2008). He has been secretary, treasurer and interim chair of the VRA International Chapter and currently serves as treasurer for VRA.