Collaboration, community and consortia in the digital provision of art images
VALA 2004 CONCURRENT SESSION 4: Managing Digital Objects
Stephen O’Brien, 2002 VALA Travel Scholar
Campus Librarian, Hunter Street Campus, Hunter Institute – TAFE NSW
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A convergence of technologies is bringing about a fundamental shift in the way in which art and cultural resources are being accessed. I will describe some of the image databases and delivery systems which have been developed, how collaborative and consortia ventures are distributing cultural content beyond traditional boundaries and how standards developed by the visual resources community have facilitated systems interoperability and helped to create the possibility of a massive growth in the availability of resources online. I also examine implications for the wider library and information management community, especially as they relate to education.