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  • Also interested in assessing how a change in the way museums think about publishing might impact institutional structures
  • Core of our discussions: the importance of contributing vital scholarship to the field and subjecting our online catalogue to the same academic rigor, curatorial insight, and editorial professionalism as its printed counterparts.
  • Just because an image worked inline doesn’t mean it was the proper image to use.
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    • 1. Envisioning aScholarly Researchand PublishingEcosystem Liz Neely The Art Institute of Chicago
    • 2. “It is our hope that this innovative online platform you experience here will make the important curatorial and conservation research that is part of every museum’s mission more broadly accessible and illuminating.” Director’s Forward Monet Paintings and Drawings at the Art Institute of Chicago
    • 3. Online ScholarlyCatalogue Initiative• Getty Foundation initiated OSCI to explore the possibilities of presenting collection research digitally.• A consortium of nine museums• Developing sustainable and replicable models• Assess how digital publishing might impact institutional structures
    • 4. Art Institute Goals• Address the requirements of scholars – create an authoritative, permanent, and citable research reference – maintain the high standards of the our previously published print collection catalogues• Think strategically about the definition of an online publication – take full advantage of the functionality that is only available in the digital realm
    • 5. Demohttp://publications.artic.edu/reader/monet-paintings-and-drawings-art-institute-chicago
    • 6. Screen view at 4 columns
    • 7. Early Takeaways• Digital Images – registration issues with layered images – preparing images requires more knowledge of usage, placement, etc. for optimization – Address with a ‘Digital Style Guide’• Workflow – With access to the publication-in-progress, expectations that changes were possible, leading to re-writes – Expectation that changes would be instantaneous – Address with mapping of workflow and galley-like schedules
    • 8. The Dream…Scholarly Research and Publishing Ecosystem incorporating these scholarly tools into ourcollection management system, CITI, to make itan active agent and repository of the continuous scholarly efforts.
    • 9. Thank you!Scholarly catalogues:publications.artic.eduElizabeth NeelyDirector of Digital Information and AccessThe Art Institute of ChicagoEneely@artic.eduTwitter @lili_czarina