Website spotlight: image library

13 May 2009

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Category: Communications & media

dog–beagle.jpgOur online animal image library is one of the stand-out resources of the Understanding Animal Research website. We have 258 high quality images, each accompanied by related information and links. Our video library, featured on the home page, is under development and so far has nine clips; more will be added in the coming weeks and months.

All images, videos and pdf documents in our resources section may be downloaded, and there is also the facility to request 'hard copies'. Resources may be freely used - all we ask for is an acknowledgement and assurance that material will be used in its correct context. 

One of the main UK antivivisection societies, NAVS, says here that it hosts 'one of the largest photographic and video resources of its kind',  but last time we looked we could only find three rather poor-quality images of laboratory animals, and only very brief captions. Most antivivisection images of laboratory animals provide very little information about when and where the images were taken, and many have no relevance at all to current research practice. 

We are grateful to the folks at Speaking of Research for a very complementary review of this site, and particularly

 'what really makes the UAR website stand out is the large amount of photo and video footage of animals and labs'. 

This is an area where we are working hard and we will certainly be adding more video. We were also very pleased to get 'top marks' in the Website of the Month feature in the May edition of Laboratory Animal Europe. I leave the last word to them.

'This website receives one of the best reviews given within this column, scoring five out of five rabbits in all categories. Add it to your list of favourites and recommend it to your friends.'