I conceived of, designed, and developed MediaNet for the Department of Veterans Affairs. Available to all VA employees, MediaNet contained more than 20,000 files of all types, including: photos, illustrations, animations, audio, video, text, brochures, posters, and more. MediaNet saved the VA money and time. Resources were shared, eliminating unnecessary re-creation of media. Services/Features available from the homepage:
- EZUpload form – available on the home page. Allows anyone to easily upload files for inclusion in MediaNet. The form is an easy way to send descriptive information about the file. The information is then “attached” to the file(s) that is sent for inclusion.
- Resources section – VA legal guidance on copyright and use of media, photography in the VA, consent forms, design and development tips, building accessible media products, links to free media resources, VA graphic and web standards
- Podcasts – VA Medical Media Development Network quarterly calls covering a variety of media production topics are made available to everyone in the VA through the MediaNet informational pages. Podcasts are available through RSS
- Poll – see what people are thinking about hot media production topics.
- Gallery – highlighting either VA producers or topics such as photos from “Honor Flight”
- Newsletter – tips and tricks: media production and the use of MN
- Easy to register – instant access upon submission – can easily retrieve lost password or change profile info
Media Files in the collection
- Photos and other assets are also regularly obtained from sources outside of the VA, such as the Department of Defense and other related organizations. Most of MN’s media files have no copyright/usage restrictions.
- VA historic imagery – photos and postcards
- Historic imagery from wars and conflicts from the National Archives
- Multiple catalogs – Covering different topics. VA manages some of its royalty-free licensed software using MediaNet. This is possible because we can restrict access to specialized catalogs.
Finding and Downloading Media Files in MediaNet catalogs
- Preview – photos and illustrations
- Click on thumbnail for file details such as – copyright/use restrictions, image size, file size, producer info, description, title, subject categories (file metadata)
- Customizable search interface – add and delete columns and rows, search results with 3 different sizes of thumbnails, or presented as a list.
- Simple search is available which has “Google-like” capabilities.
- Advanced search features – multiple fields, narrow results, expand results, multiple search operators (and, or, not).
- Browsable categories covering a range of subjects – over 800 subject categories.
- Cart – easy to add items to your cart. simple download process (one at a time, or all at once in a compressed file) – can add all your search results to cart with one click
- Thesaurus – find the best term to use when browsing. Includes definitions, and broader, narrower and related categories
- Canto Cumulus and WebPublisher Pro
- Adobe RoboHelp
- Adobe Dreamweaver
- Adobe Acrobat Pro
- Adobe Photoshop
- Polling software (PHPjr)
- MultiTes (thesaurus software)
The web site and application was only available on the Department of Veterans Affairs Intranet