Case study in Collaboration: Developing the Online Scholarly Catalogue Project

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Presentation for the collaboration panel at AAM, May 2, 2012. Liz Neely

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  • Highly collaborative, iterative, successful
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  • Case study in Collaboration: Developing the Online Scholarly Catalogue Project

    1. 1. Case study in Collaboration:Developing the Online Scholarly Catalogue Project Liz Neely, Art Institute of Chicago @lili_czarina May 2nd AAM2012, Minneapolis
    2. 2. Initiated by the Getty Foundation “The five-year initiative hopes to demonstrate that when art museums collaborate on innovative models for online scholarly catalogues, they will dramatically increase access to their collections, make available new, interdisciplinary research, and potentially revolutionize how object–based research is performed and utilized.” -Getty Web site (consulted 5/1/2012)
    3. 3. OSCI PARTICIPANTS Brought together by the Getty The Art Institute of Freer Gallery of Art and Los Angeles County Chicago Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Museum of Art Monet and Renoir Premodern Japanese Southeast Asian sculpture paintings and drawings illustrated books National Gallery of San Francisco Museum of Seattle Art Museum Art, Washington, D.C. Modern ArtDutch Paintings of the 17th Robert Rauschenberg works Chinese paintings Century and calligraphy Tate Britain Walker Art Center J. Paul Getty Museum (participant, not a grantee) Camden Town Group Recent acquisitions of Paintings acquired in the last paintings & drawings contemporary art 10 years
    4. 4. DIFFERENT INSTITUTIONS/PROJECTS [encyclopedic] The Art Institute of Freer Gallery of Art and Los Angeles County Chicago Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Museum of Art Monet and Renoir Premodern Japanese Southeast Asian sculpture paintings and drawings illustrated books National Gallery of San Francisco Museum of Seattle Art Museum Art, Washington, D.C. Modern ArtDutch Paintings of the 17th Robert Rauschenberg works Chinese paintings Century and calligraphy Tate Britain Walker Art Center J. Paul Getty Museum (participant, not a grantee) Camden Town Group Recent acquisitions of Paintings acquired in the last paintings & drawings contemporary art 10 years
    5. 5. DIFFERENT INSTITUTIONS/PROJECTS [modern/contemporary] The Art Institute of Freer Gallery of Art and Los Angeles County Chicago Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Museum of Art Monet and Renoir Premodern Japanese Southeast Asian sculpture paintings and drawings illustrated books National Gallery of San Francisco Museum of Seattle Art Museum Art, Washington, D.C. Modern ArtDutch Paintings of the 17th Robert Rauschenberg works Chinese paintings Century and calligraphy Tate Britain Walker Art Center J. Paul Getty Museum (participant, not a grantee) Camden Town Group Recent acquisitions of Paintings acquired in the last paintings & drawings contemporary art 10 years
    6. 6. DIFFERENT INSTITUTIONS/PROJECTS [non-western art project] The Art Institute of Freer Gallery of Art and Los Angeles County Chicago Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Museum of Art Monet and Renoir Premodern Japanese Southeast Asian sculpture paintings and drawings illustrated books National Gallery of San Francisco Museum of Seattle Art Museum Art, Washington, D.C. Modern ArtDutch Paintings of the 17th Robert Rauschenberg works Chinese paintings Century and calligraphy Tate Britain Walker Art Center J. Paul Getty Museum (participant, not a grantee) Camden Town Group Recent acquisitions of Paintings acquired in the last paintings & drawings contemporary art 10 years
    7. 7. DIFFERENT INSTITUTIONS/PROJECTS [paintings and drawings] The Art Institute of Freer Gallery of Art and Los Angeles County Chicago Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Museum of Art Monet and Renoir Premodern Japanese Southeast Asian sculpture paintings and drawings illustrated books National Gallery of San Francisco Museum of Seattle Art Museum Art, Washington, D.C. Modern ArtDutch Paintings of the 17th Robert Rauschenberg works Chinese paintings Century and calligraphy Tate Britain Walker Art Center J. Paul Getty Museum (participant, not a grantee) Camden Town Group Recent acquisitions of Paintings acquired in the last paintings & drawings contemporary art 10 years
    8. 8. OSCI PARTICIPANTS The Art Institute of Freer Gallery of Art and Los Angeles County Chicago Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Museum of Art Monet and Renoir Premodern Japanese Southeast Asian sculpture paintings and drawings illustrated books National Gallery of San Francisco Museum of Seattle Art Museum Art, Washington, D.C. Modern ArtDutch Paintings of the 17th Robert Rauschenberg works Chinese paintings Century and calligraphy Tate Britain Walker Art Center J. Paul Getty Museum (participant, not a grantee) Camden Town Group Recent acquisitions of Paintings acquired in the last paintings & drawings contemporary art 10 years
    9. 9. Defining and Tackling the IssueEach institution approached their own projects. The Getty physically brought representatives back together at various stages to share problems, results and brainstorm solutions.
    10. 10. KEY: Different Models of Collaboration There are a lot of different ways to collaborate—it’s not always about people working together on the same project. In this case it’s people working together to think through common issues on similar projects.
    11. 11. KEY: Different Models of Collaboration• Built a community around the project• Participating museums could discuss issues not immediately facing their project, but which they may face in future projects• Test ones own assumptions in the face of different solutions
    12. 12. Paintings and Drawings by theImpressionist Circle in the Collection of the Art Institute of Chicago
    13. 13. AIC TEAM Curatorial Conservation Publications Ryerson and Burnham Libraries Technology Legal Imaging
    14. 14. The Art Institute OSCI Project• Highly collaborative cross- departmental, including a senior-level professional staff internally• Needed to work with a development team open to working with this team to build out our evolving ‘vision’• Built high level requirements, but needed help in realization
    15. 15. Developing the CatalogueArt Institute engaged the IMA Lab to develop an innovative open-source interface for the OSCI catalogue.
    16. 16. KEY: Everyone brings something to the table• Senior curatorial, conservation, publications and technology staff with their extraordinary experience and expertise in scholarly research and collection information• Dedication and commitment to producing and uncompromising beautiful and useful catalogue platform
    17. 17. KEY: Everyone brings something to the table• Visionary technology staff understanding of collections publishing details and able to translate the AIC requirements and aspirations into a technical reality• Commitment to building tools that enhance the museum community
    18. 18. OutcomesHighly collaborative, iterative, successful
    19. 19. Outcomes• The Art Institute catalogue vision comes to life in an online scholarly publishing platform. – Software launched as open source.• The IMA receives a grant from the Getty Foundation to further extend for other OSCI museums. – OSCI Toolkit:www.oscitoolkit.org• The museum community, through the Getty Project, has a more sophisticated knowledge and ongoing dialogue about digital scholarly publishing.
    20. 20. KEY: Defined Outcomes for SuccessIt’s only a success if you got out of it what you needed and what you expected… and hopefully more!
    21. 21. Other benefits• Professional development extended beyond your own institution• Leads to more collaborations – AIC working with the IMA Lab on a custom TAP/TourML tool• Collective expertise to effectively advance our knowledge base• Fun!
    22. 22. The “I” word..Innovation though Collaboration
    23. 23. Thank you!Liz NeelyTwitter: @lili_czarinaDirector of Digital Information and AccessArt Institute of Chicago

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