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Luna Insight: Common Software Platform

In 2005 the Digital Asset Management Task Group on Infrastructure recommended Insight, by Luna Imaging, as the software that units across the CU system could use to create digital collections and easily deliver them to faculty, students, and staff. Insight is a software system designed to ingest, store, manage, and display centralized collections of digital objects such as images, video, and sound files.

Insight’s great strength lies in its flexibility. Insight’s benefits to collection managers include its cross-platform operability, its scalability from small to large collections, and its support of audio, video, 3D images, and multi-page documents. Insight software offers a full suite of presentation tools, facilitates the personal collections of faculty, and supports searching across collections containing different metadata fields. Other benefits for collections managers include Insight’s ability to use existing descriptive data from other programs or allow for cataloging directly into Insight, its capacity to control access to copyrighted collections, and its functionality in a variety of technical environments (UNIX, Windows, Oracle, SQL Server, etc.).

CU units that adopt Insight provide their end-users with the benefits of cross-collection searching and a single software platform to learn. Because Insight allows multiple departments to share digital resources in teaching and research, it creates opportunities for cost savings on digital content while providing more users access to more digital content.

For more information about Insight software, see, or e-mail

For information about creating a digital collection at CU using Insight software, please contact Holley Long (

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CU & Auraria Collections
  1. 3D Natural History Collection
  2. Aerial Photographs of Colorado
  3. Alice Mackie Diaries
  4. Art and Art History Visual Resources Collection
  5. Auraria Digital Resources Collection
  6. Ben Gray Lumpkin Digital Folk Music Collection
  7. Bent Hyde Papers, 1905-1918
  8. Building Colorado Story by Story: The Sanborn Fire Insurance Map Collection
  9. Charles F. Snow Photographs
  10. Colorado Coal Project Collection
  11. Colorado Directories
  12. Colorado Historical Maps
  13. Colorado Shakespeare Festival Collection
  14. Conference on World Affairs Audio Archive
  15. D.K. Bailey Collection
  16. Digital Sheet Music Collection
  17. Don Campbell Papers
  18. Dwight Garrigues Lavender Collection
  19. Electronic Library of Colorado Architecture, Landscape and Planning
  20. Environmental Design Collection
  21. Hal Sayre Papers
  22. Historical and Illustrated Fairy Tales
  23. Historical Hats and Headdresses
  24. Holland Collection of Literary Letters
  25. Ira Wolff Photographic History Collection
  26. J. Raymond Brackett Collection
  27. James F. Willard Collection
  28. Leonard Tinné Berthon Collection
  29. Map Library Teaching Collection
  30. Medieval Manuscript Leaves
  31. Mining Maps of Colorado
  32. Novela Mundial Series
  33. NSIDC Glacier Photograph Collection
  34. Publishers' Bindings Collection
  35. Ricardo Viñes Piano Music Collection
  36. Rocky Flats Collection
  37. Special Collections Teaching Collection
  38. Stan Brakhage Collection
  39. T.D.A. Cockerell Collection
  40. Thomas MacLaren Collection of Architectural Drawings
  41. U.S. Military in Peace and War
  42. Walter Orr Roberts Papers
  43. Western Americana
  44. Winnipeg Jewish Renewal Oral History Collection
  45. Women Poets of the Romantic Period
  46. World War I Collection
  47. Zalman M. Schachter-Shalomi Collection
All Collections
  1. Andrew Dickson White Architectural Photographs
  2. Catena-Historic Gardens and Landscapes
  3. Claire Holt Indonesian Art Images
  4. David Rumsey Historical Map Collection
  5. Estate Project for Artists with AIDS
  6. Farber Gravestone Collection
  7. Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art
  8. Hoover Institution Poster Collection
  9. Howell Icelandic Collection
  10. Japanese Historical Map Collection
  11. Museums and the Online Archive of California
  12. Political Americana Collection
  13. Pratt Institute Ex Libris Collection
  14. Pratt Institute Fashion Plate Collection
  15. Reuleaux Kinematic Mechanisms
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