Pilot case

From VRC + Archives with love

Improving skills of using visual resources by raising awareness of digital cultural heritage and Aalto University Archive’s digital visual collections.
VRC + Archives pilot picture saying visual and archive resources for research and learning.

Pilot leader

Marika Sarvilahti
Tove Ørsted


School of Arts Design and Architecture, School of Business, School of Engineering, School of Science


May 2019 – Dec 2019


We are making short videos on finding and using digital cultural heritage databases and Aalto Unviersity Archives’ new digital collections for studies, research and teaching to integrate into information literacy training at Aalto University:

– Image and media databases for digital cultural heritage: finding and using high-quality digital materials provided by museums, archives and libraries (instead of googling for visual material).

–  Good practices for using Creative Commons licensed media, and creating image and media citations for dissertations and other learning outputs.

– Aalto University Archives’ digital visual collections (how to access unique materials digitised from the collections, with a highlight for architecture collections). Aalto University Archives are digitising nearly 200 000 images and 5000 objects from its collections in a mass digitisation project in 2018-2019.

Platforms and tools

Videos are produced and edited with Camtasia screen recording software. They are shared on Panopto, MyCourses, Learning Centre resources guides (Libguides) and other course materials.

Pedagogical methods

Videos are part of online learning materials in MyCourses for information skills courses and can be linked to other course materials such as dissertation seminars etc.

Involved courses

DOM-E0005 – Advanced information retrieval (1 ECTS)

ARTS-A0108 – Tiedonhankintataidot (information skills) (1 ECTS)


Marika Sarvilahti
Visual Resources Centre/ Aalto University Archives, Leadership Support Services
Pilot leader

Tove Ørsted
Aalto University Archives, Leadership Support Services
Pilot leader

Eila Rämö
Research and Innovation Services

Susanna Kokkinen
Records Management, Leadership Support Services

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