Images for Academic Publishing (IAP)

Initiated by The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2007, IAP provides free print-quality images for use in scholarly publications. IAP is available as an optional service to Artstor Digital Library contributors. Scholars at institutions that subscribe to Artstor can access these images through the Digital Library. Simply add “images for academic publishing” to your search criteria; the eligible results will feature the IAP icon beneath the thumbnail image. Other scholars may request free access to IAP by emailing

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)

The Digital Public Library of America is a large-scale, collaborative project across government, research institutions, museums, libraries, and archives to build a digital library platform to make America’s cultural and scientific history free and publicly available online. Artstor partnered as a content hub for DPLA and has provided access to more than 26,000 high-quality images and data records from leading museums and universities. JSTOR Forum users have the option of sharing their collections with DPLA.

The Built Works Registry Project (BWR)

Funded by a three-year grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Built Works Registry Project aims to create a freely available registry and data resource for architectural works and the built environment. The project is bringing together records from an array of sources including universities, libraries, and national cultural repositories to identify all built works with a name, location, and unique identifier number. BWR will provide links to other institutions which provide and publish their own authorities and will also serve as one of the core contributors to Getty Research Institute’s Cultural Objects Naming Authority (CONA).


ArchaeoCore is an alternative metadata model for archaeology that foregrounds the site, maintaining the connection of the site to the object throughout its lifecycle. By preserving the context of archaeological finds, archaeologists and other researchers are able to gain access to critical information about the history of the objects and to re-aggregate dispersed materials in legacy collections. The first goal of the ArchaeoCore project is to establish a working model that is flexible enough to accommodate all types of archaeological metadata and to make it accessible to the public. As a result, ArchaeoCore is an attempt to develop a discipline-specific metadata framework that preserves site and project information, but is both flexible and practical enough to be used by excavation, library, archive, and museum professionals.

National Digital Stewardship Alliance

Artstor is as a founding member of the National Digital Stewardship Alliance along with 50 other prominent organizations. The NDSA is headed by the Library of Congress as “a collaborative effort among government agencies, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, and businesses to preserve a distributed national digital collection for the benefit of citizens now and in the future.” Artstor participates in two working groups: Standards and Practices and Infrastructure.

Society of Architectural Historians Architecture Resources Archive (SAHARA)

Funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Society of Architectural Historians Architecture Resources Archive is a dynamic online library of architectural and landscape images for research and teaching. The aim of SAHARA is to become encyclopedic in scope, presenting images of our built world from every corner of the globe. Artstor serves as SAHARA’s technology partner, developing the software tools to enable the uploading, downloading, cataloging, and sharing of images in an online environment.