Related Efforts/Organisations and Links

Art Museum Image Consortium
The Art Museum Image Consortium (AMICO) is a non-profit corporation formed by North American Art Museums to provide educational access to and delivery of cultural heritage information by creating, maintaining and licensing a collective digital library of images and documentation of works in their collections.

Record Export for Art and Cultural Heritage
The REACH Project is an effort to create a testbed database of museum object records. The goal is to export existing machine-readable data from heterogeneous museum collection management systems and analyze the research value of the resulting database when researchers use a single interface to search the database in conjunction with RLG's other resources, including bibliographic and archival records in RLIN®, auction catalog records in the SCIPIO database, finding aids, plus abstracting and indexing tools such as the Bibliography of the History of Art, and Anthropological Literature.

Consortium for the Computer Interchange of Museum Information
CIMI - the Consortium for the Interchange of Museum Information - works together to bring cultural heritage information to the widest possible audience by:

  • encouraging open standards-based approaches to creating and sharing digital cultural heritage information
  • applying standards to museum information in demonstration projects that invite member participation and help them to further develop their information systems
  • disseminating the results of these collaborative efforts throughout the consortium
  • sharing individual work on electronic information issues with each other

Cultural Heritage Information Online
Project CHIO (Cultural Heritage Information Online) demonstrates solutions to the difficulties in achieving online access to cultural heritage information held in diverse locations--independent of the hardware and software used to store the data or search for it. The experiences gained from demonstrating how cultural information can be structured for easy electronic access are as important a result as the CHIO website itself, which offers a wide variety of information on folk art.

Using CHIO allows you to learn about folk art while you get a glimpse of how powerful online access to a broad variety of museum information from all over the world can be. The CHIO website allows access to databases of museum object records, full texts, and library catalog entries, along with images and online tools such as the Art and Architecture Thesaurus (AAT).


Museum Educational Site Licensing
Access to museum information through standards and international cooperation

The Dublin Core is a 15-element metadata element set intended to facilitate discovery of electronic resources. Originally conceived for author-generated description of Web resources, it has also attracted the attention of formal resource description communities such as museums and libraries.

Categories for the Description of Works of Art
The Categories for the Description of Works of Art are such an emerging standard, representing the consensus of communities that provide and use art information. The Categories, which articulate an intellectual structure for the content of object and image descriptions, were developed by the Art Information Task Force (AITF), an initiative sponsored by the Getty Information Institute and the College Art Association (CAA).