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Saturday, May 3 • 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Reinventing the Scholarly Collection Catalogue for the Online Age

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Jennifer Henel, Curatorial Associate, Department of Northern Baroque Paintings, National Gallery of Art
Nancy Thomas, Senior Deputy Director, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Michele Miller, Registrar and Museum Database Specialist, Seattle Art Museum
Nancy Micklewright, Head of Scholarly Programs and Publications, Freer and Sackler Galleries, Smithsonian Institution

Anne Helmreich, Senior Program Officer, Getty Foundation

Publishing scholarly collection catalogues is a critical part of a museum's mission. Based on meticulous research, these catalogues make available detailed information about the individual works in a museum's collection, ensuring the contents a place in art history. Yet printed volumes are costly to produce and difficult to update regularly; their potential content often exceeds allotted space. One could say they are like thoroughbred horses confined to stock pens. Digital publishing presents an alternative, and the Getty Foundation's Online Scholarly Catalogue Initiative (OSCI) is helping museums make the transition from printed volumes to multimedia, web-based publications freely available to anyone with a computer, tablet, or smartphone.

The Foundation launched OSCI in 2009 in partnership with the J. Paul Getty Museum and eight other institutions: the Art Institute of Chicago; the Arthur M. Sackler and Freer Gallery of Art; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D. C.; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Seattle Art Museum; Tate; and the Walker Art Center. The consortium's goals are to create models for online catalogues that will dramatically increase access to museum collections; make available new, interdisciplinary, up-to-date research; and revolutionize how this research is conducted, presented, and utilized. The panelists will discuss the different approaches taken by their respective institutions to implement this innovative concept.

Saturday May 3, 2014 1:00pm - 2:30pm EDT
Room: Conference Theater Grand Hyatt 1000 H Street NW, Washington DC 20001

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