“As the head of the City of Los Angeles’s historic preservation program, I’m amazed that I still sometimes get puzzled questions from people who think L.A. has no past. “Historic preservation in Los Angeles? Do you really have anything historic to preserve?” Yes, it’s true that Los Angeles came of age later than most of its East Coast or international counterparts, but it’s a city of remarkable history and architectural heritage. And for anyone who’s still somehow unconvinced, I now have a ready retort: HistoricPlacesLA, Los Angeles Historic Resources Inventory, launched today at HistoricPlacesLA.org.” (via The Getty Iris)
“I’m pleased to share that all the museum partners in the Getty Foundation’s Online Scholarly Catalogue Initiative (OSCI) have now published their catalogues — available to all, at no charge. The initiative recently reached this major milestone with the release of a free digital publication from Smithsonian’s Freer and Sackler Galleries. Going digital with collections catalogues required us at the Getty Foundation and our partners to completely rethink the ways museums create and share content about their collections. As a group, we tackled the challenges of online publishing by creating new models for scholarly catalogues in the online environment that we anticipate will be widely adopted.” (Getty Iris)
100,000 Digitized Art History Materials from the Getty Research Institute Now Available in the Digital Public Library of America
“We are thrilled to announce a new partnership with the Digital Public Library of America. Launched in April 2013, the DPLA brings together millions of digitized books, artworks, and rare documents from American libraries, archives, and museums. Our collaboration has begun with nearly 100,000 records for digital images and texts from the Getty Research Institute’s Library and Special Collections, which contain a vast trove of rare and unique materials for the study of visual culture. In this work we join 20 other partners including the New York Public Library, the Smithsonian, and our own Los Angeles colleagues the USC Libraries. Via a beautifully designed, easy-to-use search, the DPLA makes available digital resources that would otherwise be findable only through individual institutions’ catalogues and specialized search portals. Results link to the digital items directly through partner institutions’ online catalogues as well as to shared repositories such as the Internet Archive (also a DPLA partner).” (via The Getty Iris)
“The Getty Research Institute has just added more than 77,000 high-resolution images to the Open Content Program from two of its most often-used collections. The largest part of the new open content release—more than 72,000 photographs—comes from the collection Foto Arte Minore: Max Hutzel photographs of art and architecture in Italy. Foto Arte Minore represents the life’s work of photographer and scholar Max Hutzel (1911–1988), who photographed the art and architecture of Italy for 30 years. In recent years, the interdisciplinary use of these photographs has exposed their historiographic significance and their unrealized research potential. Yet to this day, the majority of these photographs remain unknown to scholars.” (via The Getty Iris)
Getty Publications Launches Virtual Library, Providing Free Online Access to Hundreds of Backlist Titles
“Getty Publications today launched a Virtual Library, providing free online access to more than 250 of its backlist titles. The books are available to read online or download as PDFs. Getty President and CEO James Cuno launched the Virtual Library in a blog post on the Getty Iris today. “Last year we made freely available thousands of images of works in our collections that were in the public domain or to which we held all the rights,” said Cuno. “As a next step in our increasing digital engagement, we are now making hundreds of publications—many of which are out of print—freely available to scholars and the interested public around the world.” (via Getty)
“The Getty Research Institute recently partnered with the Artstor Digital Library to digitize and make available approximately 1,500 selections from the Alexander Liberman photography archive, from the series “Artists and Personalities.” These selections from the archive, which holds nearly 150,000 items, were inspired by Liberman’s publications, most notably The Artist in His Studio. The images are available now both via Artstor, a subscription database for research and teaching, and the Research Institute’s digital collections.” (via The Getty Iris)
“The Getty Museum offers a treasure trove of educational videos about art history and art-making. Our YouTube channel features topics ranging from the mummification process (in all its gory glory) to the making of intricate and colorful medieval manuscripts. I’m happy to announce that dozens of these videos will now be featured by the Khan Academy, a non-profit that seeks to provide free world-class education to anyone, anywhere. As a first step, today more than 80 videos, created primarily by the Museum’s Collection Information and Access department, have been released on Khan Academy’s website. Moving forward, we will work with Khan Academy’s art historians, Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker, to create new videos, critical-thinking exercises, and quizzes.” (via The Getty Iris)
“Imagine being able to pore over a sketchbook by Jacques-Louis David in minute detail, to investigate Mayan, Aztec, and Zapotec ruins in Mexico, or to study the costumes and social mores at Versailles. All of these things are possible with today’s addition to the Open Content Program, which includes 5,400 artwork images from the collections of the Getty Research Institute—bringing the total number of available images to over 10,000.” (via The Getty Iris)
“Today the Getty becomes an even more engaged digital citizen, one that shares its collections, research, and knowledge more openly than ever before. We’ve launched the Open Content Program to share, freely and without restriction, as many of the Getty’s digital resources as possible. The initial focus of the Open Content Program is to make available all images of public domain artworks in the Getty’s collections. Today we’ve taken a first step toward this goal by making roughly 4,600 high-resolution images of the Museum’s collection free to use, modify, and publish for any purpose.” (via The Getty Iris)
“Have you ever taken a photo and posted it on Flickr in the hopes that you would be able to license it and make some money off of it? Well thousands of users have done that and today, Getty Images announced that it catalogued its 500,000th Flickr from its database. Over three years ago, Flickr announced that it was partnering with Getty Images. At the time, Flickr’s General Manager Kakul Srivastava said the partnership was a “testimony to the Flickr community of photographers who have influenced the aesthetics of photography with authentic, creative and cutting-edge images which will now be available to Getty Images’ customers around the world.” The deal was that this initiative would create the first commercial licensing opportunity for photo-enthusiasts in the Flickr community.
via The Next Web.