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What is going on behind the curtain

What is going on behind the curtain



ERIG presentation ALA New Orleans 2011, how Bridgeman Education and Summon work together in partnership

ERIG presentation ALA New Orleans 2011, how Bridgeman Education and Summon work together in partnership



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  • We are here to give everyone an idea of how discovery services and content providers partner to make databases discoverable. We will discuss the Bridgeman Education database, how it appears in Summon, how content gets transferred and mapped, the advantage to Bridgeman Education and Summon as well as some of the issues that are considered before entering into a partnership.
  • Bridgeman Education is an educational database subscription of fine art, cultural and historical images of The Bridgeman Art Library. www.bridgemaneducation.com. With over 350,000 images from museums, art galleries, historical societies, libraries, artists and auction houses, it is a rich resource for libraries. Images are copyright cleared for use in the classroom, for teaching and student presentations, scholarly research and general study. We also can provide reproduction licenses for publications and other uses on request. The interface is set up to be intuitive, with easy searching by keywords, title, artist or browsing by our extensively curated search indexes by movement, period, medium, school or subject. Images can be added to a slide show, zoomed, compared side by side or downloaded. Extensive metadata and keywords allow images to be discoverable since many set fields exist for each image, such as artist, nationality, title, ID #, century, location (collection), keywords, description, medium and classification. Note, slide search is pointillist and there were 300 hits.
  • How Summon shows results.
  • For current users, the discovery service consolidates searching over many databases, making Bridgeman Education easier to find and use. Users learn we are more than just art—they might type in “March on Washington” which we have wonderful photos of, but users may not think to come first to our resource for this historical political event. It increases usage stats. If you buy a resource you want to be sure it gets used. It may also get users to try something new whereas they may be used to going to the same resource all the time. Enables greater exposure to potential clients. If a school or library is not subscribed to Bridgeman Education, it will take them to our resource, but they will only see a small thumbnail and a prompt that they are not subscribed. It encourages investigation and increases sales for us.
  • Exposing the material to a wider audience is a commercial decision for us. It gets the usage stats up, subscriptions get renewed, new subscriptions get sold and images get licensed for reproduction as well. Allowing thumbnail display is important even if a user is not subscribed. We’d rather have people see the images –not just text- or it is useless to them and it doesn’t promote the resource. We still have good control on access because images are not on the open web. Copyright on images is different and more complex. There are different rights attached to images-- photographic rights, artist’s rights—but in this case, all images are copyright cleared for educational use. If necessary, we could switch off the service, but TRUST between partners is key. We’ve had a long relationship with ProQuest which has lasted many years and we trust them as a partner to not mess with our data and to have our best interests at heart. It is a win-win for us both.

What is going on behind the curtain What is going on behind the curtain Presentation Transcript

  • Bridgeman Education results in Summon™
    • http://dartmouth.summon.serialssolutions.com/search?s.q=vuillard+post-impressionism+fauvism&s.ho=f
    • http://dartmouth.summon.serialssolutions.com/search?s.q=louis+valtat&s.ho=f
  • Could this be a Summon screenshot?
  • How does content get transferred and mapped?
    • Bridgeman Education supplies indexes of data to Summon
    • Then tested for compatibility by Summon
    • Data feed using set fields and coding
    • Summon maps the content to its underlying schema for discovery
    • Linking logic
    • Weekly feed from Bridgeman Education to keep data always up to date
  • Advantages for Content Providers
    • For current users it consolidates searching and makes the resource easy to find
    • Users learn we are a multi-disciplinary resource not just art
    • Ultimately used more and fuller usage records
    • Enables greater exposure of the product to potential clients and encourages those who don’t subscribe to join
  • What gets displayed?
    • Commercial decision to allow greater use of the material
    • We’d rather that people have access to see the resource and they need to see the images not just the text or it is useless to them
    • Images are not on the open web-so more control
    • Copyright for images different and more complex
    • If necessary we can switch off service but trust is key between partners
    • Questions?