Play AnteaterTag@UCI and leave your mark on campus history

Online game challenges participants to add information to archival photos

Irvine, Calif., Jan. 13, 2014 – The UC Irvine Libraries invite the campus community, alumni and the public to play AnteaterTag@UCI, a game in which contestants view and describe digital photographs from the Libraries’ Online Archive of UCI History. Participants will enrich what’s known about these historical images from the University Archives and contribute to UC Irvine’s 50th anniversary celebration in 2015.

The current phase of competition is open through Feb. 28. Go to anteatertag.lib.uci.edu to access any of the four AnteaterTag games. Points are awarded based on the number and quality of tags. Anyone can play, but registration is required for prize eligibility. The top 15 scorers will receive Amazon gift cards valued at $50, $30 and $20.

Powered by Metadata Games, AnteaterTag@UCI is a pilot project launched by the UC Irvine Libraries to gather valuable information, called metadata, about archival pictures of people, places and events at UC Irvine from 1963 to 1982. Metadata – the labels that tell researchers and search engines what’s in a photograph or item – will help make these important images more accessible to students and scholars.

The Online Archive of UCI History is a digital collection created by the UC Irvine Libraries to preserve and make available for research core historical records of the university. It was developed, in part, for the upcoming anniversary of UC Irvine’s 1965 founding. The archive includes university-related audio and video recordings, films, photographs, slides and publications from 1959 forward. For more information, visit special.lib.uci.edu.

About the UC Irvine Libraries: The UC Irvine Libraries are a strategic information resource for the Orange County region and play an important role in advancing research, development, education and patient care at the campus and at the local, state and national levels. They comprise four facilities: Langson Library, the Ayala Science Library, the Grunigen Medical Library and the Libraries Gateway Study Center. Their premier collections include more than 3.4 million volumes and 137,000 journals in electronic and print subscriptions. Each year, more than 1.7 million visitors enter the libraries for learning and discovery. For more information, visit lib.uci.edu.

About the University of California, Irvine: Located in coastal Orange County, near a thriving employment hub in one of the nation’s safest cities, UC Irvine was founded in 1965. One of only 62 members of the Association of American Universities, it’s ranked first among U.S. universities under 50 years old by the London-based Times Higher Education. The campus has produced three Nobel laureates and is known for its academic achievement, premier research, innovation and anteater mascot. Led by Chancellor Michael Drake since 2005, UC Irvine has more than 28,000 students and offers 192 degree programs. It’s Orange County’s second-largest employer, contributing $4.3 billion annually to the local economy.

Media access: UC Irvine maintains an online directory of faculty available as experts to the media at today.uci.edu/resources/experts.php. Radio programs/stations may, for a fee, use an on-campus ISDN line to interview UC Irvine faculty and experts, subject to availability and university approval. For more UC Irvine news, visit news.uci.edu. Additional resources for journalists may be found at communications.uci.edu/for-journalists.

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