Welcome to the help page for Engaging Digital Tibet

Please post to the troubleshooting discussion board with your questions, it is monitored daily. Please post to the feedback board with your comments and feedback. Until further notice, the discussion boards are restricted to access by Columbia students and faculty only. Public users who would like to know more or contribute to this project should contact the project team through CTL.

The site has two non-admin user types: A) general public users, and, B) students registered in Professor Tuttle’s courses.

General Public, All Users

From the home page:

  1. Click “Browse Collection”
  2. Enter search keyword, select filters, or simply browse all objects.
  3. Click on an image, or click “examine and annotate” to be taken to the examination space.
  4. Click pan to move the image around. Click “+” or “-” to zoom in and out.
  5. Click the “Annotations” tab on the right side to see all annotations that have been made on the object.
  6. You can show/hide annotations by author if there are too many displayed at one time, or if you are looking for work by a particular person.
  7. You can navigate the annotations by either putting your mouse over a marker on the image, or by clicking through annotation labels on the right side.
  8. Click “Explore Collection” to return to main search and browse space.

Registered Users (Including Students in Professor Tuttle’s Courses)

  1. Logging in

    As a student Professor Tuttle’s course, you should log in with your UNI.

  2. Claiming an Object

    You are able to search the collection and “claim” an object to use for your “Object Biography” by hitting the “claim object” button. You can only claim one object. When you have claimed one, no one else in the course can claim that same object.

  3. Collecting an Object

    As you go through the collection looking for interesting objects, you can “collect” them by hitting the “Add to Collection” button on the right side of the object details list.

    When you collect an object it is added to “Your Album”, accessible via tab at the top of the window. The purpose of “Your Album” is to help you keep track of objects you are interested in and to help with your object biographies.

    When you collect an object, you are able to leave a note to yourself about why you are collecting it in a text field that appears.

  4. Annotating an Object

    When you are examining an object, you are able to add annotations.

IMPORTANT: For the time being, after you add or delete or edit an annotation, you MUST refresh your browser window for those changes to be visible.

Click the “+” and “-” buttons to zoom in and out, and click “pan” to center the part of the object you are examining. Click “Add shape”. The mouse icon will change to a small target. Place the target over the area of the object you wish to annotate and click once. An input field will appear. You should label the annotation with a word or two (ex. “Dragon Foot”), and then proceed to add a more detailed description in the text field. When you are done writing, click “save”. Your annotation marker will stay on the image, and the annotation itself will be accessible by clicking on the saved marker.

Annotations are logged by author. You can see a list of all annotation authors, and their annotations, in the right column under “annotations”. You are able to show/hide annotations by author.

For more information on using this site as part of course requirements, consult the course documentation provided to you by your instructor.