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March 27, 2014

Meet Artstor’s Metadata Department

2014 marks the 10th anniversary of Artstor as a live service. Throughout the year we will introduce you to the people behind our organization and the roles they play in supporting Artstor’s mission to use digital technology to enhance scholarship, teaching, and learning.

The core responsibilities of Artstor’s Metadata Department are to analyze, edit, enhance, and map the data we receive from our collection contributors, with the goal of aiding image discovery in the Digital Library. Working with the Collections, Legal, Production, and Technology teams, we strive to find efficient and innovative ways of adding new content to Artstor.

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February 21, 2014

Meet Artstor’s Production Department

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2014 marks the 10th anniversary of Artstor as a live service. Throughout the year we will introduce you to the people behind our organization and the roles they play in supporting Artstor’s mission to use digital technology to enhance scholarship, teaching, and learning.

The Production Department is responsible for handling and processing the images that make up the Artstor Digital Library. We collaborate with contributors and other Artstor teams to bring together collections from all over the world and provide the best possible images to our users. Our role can be roughly divided into three parts:

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January 31, 2014

Artstor to release performance videos from Franklin Furnace

Guy de Cointet | Two Drawings | 5/9/1978 | This image was provided by the Franklin Furnace Archive, Inc.

Guy de Cointet | Two Drawings | 5/9/1978 | This image was provided by the Franklin Furnace Archive, Inc.

We are delighted to announce that Artstor is collaborating with the Franklin Furnace Archive to introduce videos in the Digital Library in the coming months. Franklin Furnace has been championing performance and other ephemeral arts for more than three decades. Martha Wilson, Franklin Furnace’s founding director, elaborates on the significance of this collaboration:

While there is undeniable value to gathering objects from performances such as costumes, props, and ephemera, video offers an irreplaceable key to understanding temporal works. Moving images are the best window we have into the past—no amount of caption text or notes from scripts can convey the look and feel of this pivotal time! Franklin Furnace is pleased to be working in collaboration with Artstor to bring video documentation of our performance art events to a broad scholarly audience.

We hope these fifty videos featuring Franklin Furnace alumni such as Alice Aycock, Ericka Beckman, Lee Breuer, John Cage, Guy De Cointet, Constance De Jong, Richard Foreman, the Kipper Kids, Jill Kroesen, Matt Mullican, Michael Smith, and William Wegman will provide insight into the intentions of avant-garde artists from 1976 forward, and will help to embed the value of ephemeral art practice in art and cultural history.

– Martha Wilson, January 2014

You may also be interested in 35 Years of Ephemeral Art: Martha Wilson on Franklin Furnace

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January 28, 2014

Meet Artstor User Services

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2014 marks the 10th anniversary of Artstor as a live service. Throughout the year we will introduce you to the people behind our organization and the roles they play in supporting Artstor’s mission to use digital technology to enhance scholarship, teaching, and learning.

You know us as the friendly voice on the phone when you were uncertain if you could project images as a backdrop for a play. Perhaps you know us through quick email exchanges to help you learn how to update your software. Or maybe we met at an educational conference where we shared ideas on how to use Digital Library content in your classroom or research.

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January 22, 2014

Technology recap 2013

Cathedral Saint-Etienne de Bourges; Interior, Ambulatory window 10, Prodigal Son window, detail | building, 13th century | Bourges, France | Image and original data provided by Madeline Caviness

Cathedral Saint-Etienne de Bourges; Interior, Ambulatory window 10, Prodigal Son window, detail | building, 13th century | Bourges, France | Image and original data provided by Madeline Caviness

Happy New Year and welcome to the start of the spring 2014 semester! As students and faculty are returning to campus we’d like to remind you of some of the improvements we made to the Artstor Digital Library in 2013:

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January 6, 2014

Artstor Collections Summary 2013

Henri Rousseau | Surprised! | 1891 | The National Gallery, London | Photograph: ©The National Gallery, London

Henri Rousseau | Surprised! | 1891 | The National Gallery, London | Photograph: ©The National Gallery, London

Artstor Collections Summary 2013

Thanks to our contributors and the support of our subscribing institutions, 2013 proved to be yet another fruitful year for the Artstor Digital Library. In the past twelve months we launched approximately 112,500 new images from 22 new collections and expanded the content in 12 existing collections. Among the highlights, we now make available images from the Courtauld Gallery, the World Monuments Fund, the National Gallery, London, Condé Nast (fashion photography and New Yorker cartoons), Rijksmuseum, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Romare Bearden Foundation, Lukas: Art in Flanders, the Berlin State Museums, and Denmark’s Statens Museum for Kunst. We are happy to announce that we now make available close to 1.7 million images in the United States and 1.4 million internationally.

We also reached agreements for 17 new or expanded collections last year from institutions such as the Art Gallery of Ontario, the American Museum of Natural History, the Mattress Factory, the Fashion Institute of Technology, and the Cooper–Hewitt, National Design Museum.

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December 19, 2013

The Top Ten Posts of 2013

Winslow Homer | The New Year - 1869 | 1869 | Smith College Museum of Art

Winslow Homer | The New Year – 1869 | 1869 | Smith College Museum of Art

We began the Artstor Blog in 2007 as a way to share collection news with our community. Over the years we’ve expanded it to include tips, collection highlights, videos, staff contributions, and guest posts from teachers, scholars, artists, and collection contributors.

As of today, we’ve logged more than half a million views. We’re grateful for your support – and we strive to improve. We have big plans for Artstor’s 10th anniversary that we think you will enjoy, and we’re always open to your suggestions.

In the meanwhile, here are the top ten most-visited posts of 2013, in order of popularity:

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November 18, 2013

Meet Artstor at MCN 2013

Annual Museum Computer Network Conference
November 20-23
Hyatt Regency, Montreal, Canada

We’ll be at the Museum Computer Network ConferenceArtstor President James Shulman is taking part in the following two panels: “Minimal Friction, Maximal Use: Optimizing Open Access Image Delivery,” November 21, 10:30 AM to noon, and “Museums and The Digital Public Library of America: The Role of Museums in Building the DPLA and The Power of Open LAM Data,” November 22, 1:30-3:00 PM. Artstor Collection Development Manager Ian McDermott is moderating “Solving a Pain in the Asset: New Approaches to Digital Asset Management,” November 21, 3:30-5:00 PM.

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November 8, 2013

Artstor named “best overall” database by Library Journal

We are thrilled to have been named as one of the two “best overall” databases of 2013 along with JSTOR by Library Journal. Lura Sanborn, reference librarian at St. Paul’s School in Concord, NH is quoted as saying that “Both databases are ‘classics worth owning,’” and adding “My library simply could not get by without JSTOR and Artstor.” Read all the reviews here.

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