MW 2012: Online Scholarly Catalogues at the Art Institute of Chicago
Online ScholarlyCataloguesat theArt Institute of Chicago Liz Neely & Sam Quigley The Art Institute of Chicago
The OSCI Project Initiated and Fundedby the Getty Foundation
Online ScholarlyCatalogue Initiative• Getty Foundation initiated to explore possibilities of presenting collection research digitally.• A consortium of nine museums• Exploring sustainable and replicable models• Assess how digital publishing might impact institutional structures
Re-envisioning theScholarly CatalogueArt Institute s Goal:To embrace the appropriatecapabilities of the web without leavingbehind the weight and authoritynaturally ascribed to the book format
In addi0on to Large color plates Technical images Compara6ve illustra6ons Details Includes fully footnoted and edited Technical Notes Provenance References Our Gold Exhibi6on History Curatorial Entry Standard
Requirements of theScholarly AudienceArt Institute s Goal:To specifically target the needs of ascholarly audience. • It needed to be an authoritative, permanent, and citable reference and maintain the high standards of our previously published print collection catalogues.
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. Douglas Druick Director s Forward Monet Paintings and Drawings at the Art Institute of Chicago
Art Institute of Chicago OSCI Catalogue Features
Object PhotographyArt movement scheduled with Conservation captures technicalCollection Manager, Imaging images and examines artwork and Conservation Conservation registers technicalImaging captures hi-rez natural image layers against hi-rez natural light and UV, stitches tiles, light photography masks background Conservation/curatorial annotate layers Image uploaded to IIP Final technical layers uploaded and Details defined for publication annotations converted to SVG for publication
Other Illustrations Comparative Illustrations Archival DocumentsPublications procures rights and Pull URI from JSTOR or images, as they do for print Scan original and OCR for publications search and upload Archival Images Digital Information uploads images minding rights Source, scan and upload restrictions
Why Expend So Much Effort? It s like seeing detective work, but everyone has the same clues.Douglas Druick, in NYTimes article by Carol Vogel 11/17/2011
Launch Strategy• Target audience – Scholars• Listservs rolled out over the first few weeks• Soft launch, minimal press• Launched just before MCN in Atlanta (11/11/11)
Stats - Analytics• 3,875 visits (as of January 31, 2012)• 76 different museums and other cultural institutions• 117 universities
Stats - Analytics• Readers spent on average over 12 minutes on the site (by browser)• Geographically wide demographics• 47 states and 53 countries
Stats - Qualitative• 96 survey respondents, 11 individual emails• Curators, conservators, technologists, publishing professionals, librarians and archivists, and general museum-goers• Regardless of discipline—majority view the conservation imagery as the most innovative aspect of the catalogues• Respondents have been largely (64.9%) scholars—our intended audience.
Stats – Qualitative J• Nearly 90% of respondents said that the catalogues were either very easy or somewhat easy to navigate.• More than half (57.8%) indicated that there were not any aspects of the catalogues that they had difficulty accessing.• Appreciated the hi-rez luxurious imagery, innovative technology, and conceptual envisioning of a new collection catalogue.
Stats - Qualitative L• Four main categories of criticism clearly emerged: – Browser compatibility (16%), icons (14%), navigation (12%), and speed (3%).• Obvious and easy to resolve issues are currently being addressed through our continued collaboration with the IMA Lab to improve the reader experience.
Scholars EmbracingDigital Publication• 95% of respondents involved in scholarly research said that they would reference and cite the catalogues as they would a printed publication.• 100% of respondents who identified themselves as academics said that they would find such a publication a valuable addition to a colleague s tenure portfolio.
The Technologists Role• Take cues from print and editorial models• Shape and support the author s vision• Critically examine the use of media• Push the author to promote clarity• Bend and compromise, listen and hone author s intentHave a formative impact on the publication!
Outstanding Questions• Are we properly staffed and organized toaccomplish the highly collaborative nature ofthese projects?• How will OSCI coexist with our print publishingschedules and priorities?• How do we structure expectations of digitaleditorial workflows and schedules?
Outstanding Questions• What are the business models by which we canoffer our catalogues to the public online?• How do we stay current in the rapidly evolvingdigital publication environment?
The Dream… Scholarly Research and Publishing EcosystemTo incorporate these scholarly tools into our collection management system, CITI, and make it an active, propelling agent, as well as a repository of the continuous scholarly process.
Thank you!Scholarly catalogues:publications.artic.eduLiz Neely Sam Quigleyeneely@artic.edu email@example.com@lili_czarina