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The Getty Foundation Houses Free, Online Catalogs

The Getty Foundation, part of the J. Paul Getty Trust, launched a collection of free, online museum catalogs. The OSCI (Online Scholarly Catalogue Initiative) is composed of digital publications from eight institutions, including the Art Institute of Chicago, Tate, and the Walker Art Center. An interactive, multimedia catalog from the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery is one of the prototypes for digital publications that the OSCI engineered.

“Publishing scholarly collection catalogues is a critical part of a museum’s mission, yet printed volumes are costly to produce and difficult to update,” says Deborah Marrow, the Getty Foundation’s director. “Digital publishing presents an attractive, interactive alternative, but with complex challenges. Approaching these issues as a team has been the only way to develop models for the museum field.”

The catalogs are available for public use as a resource for study. For example, researchers can view detailed images of artworks, conservation documentation, videos of artists, and scholarly essays, as well as take notes in the margins and export citations to their desktops.

Source: J. Paul Getty Trust

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