After some 4 and a half years and 27 issues (March/April 2010 to July/August 2014), this is my last Resources: Online column. It has been a pleasure, and a privilege, to review developments in this rapidly evolving landscape, from the expansion of e-thesis and e-books, to the consolidation of commercial databases, the ever-changing landscape of institutional and specialist websites, mass-scale digitisation, institutional repositories and open access, (slowly) enhanced catalogues, new image and film sources, etc. This is a selection of resources discussed in previous columns, with their original comments. Please note the updated URLs.
Biennials and other recurrent exhibitions (no. 204)
Biennial Foundation, an organization created in 2008 to collect information and knowledge about the biennial industry, offers news and extensive listings of biennials, including excellent maps.
http://www.biennialfoundation.org (New URL)
Indexes and abstracts (no. 205)
The Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA) replaced RILA (International Repertory of the Literature of Art) and RAA (Répertoire d’Art et d’Archéologie) in 1990. Published in electronic form only since 2000, when the final print volume came out, it was a joint project between the Getty Research Institute and the Institut de l’Information Scientifique et Technique-CNRS. At the end of 2007, the collaboration between the GRI and the INIST-CNRS ceased.
Artist-run galleries (no. 206)
Run by Robin Klassnik since 1979, Matt’s Gallery (E3), born at ACME Studios (1972-), is the longest running artist-run gallery in London, and one of the more creative project spaces.
Preservation and conservation (no. 207)
ICON, the Institute of Conservation, is the professional organisation for conservators in the UK. Among its services is the Conservation Register, which offers guidance on selecting and working with conservators and details for accredited ones. You can search the Register by specialism (under Conservation-Restoration or Preventive Conservation and Surveys) or by place. The ICON website also offers basic conservation advice on a wide selection of materials.
Contemporary art in the Iberian Peninsula (no. 208)
The Centro Galego de Arte Contemporanea (CGAC), in Santiago de Compostela, has been presenting major exhibitions of Galician and international contemporary art since the early 1990s in a beautiful museum designed by Alvaro Siza. CGAC publications would be of interest to libraries collecting international contemporary art.
Reading rooms (old and new) (no. 209)
Another ongoing project engaging with the idea of the library is the ‘Pamphlet Library’, Ruth Beale’s collection of 20th Century political pamphlets and the contemporary responses to it that she has organised, which have included installation, readings, talks, performance and, of course, new pamphlets.
Reading rooms II: Archives and special collections (no. 210)
Google has recently launched (February 2011) a new digitisation programme, Google Art Project. This ambitious project presents museum and gallery art collections (currently 17) via a single web page, allowing users to ‘walk’ around the galleries using its Google Maps ‘street view’ technology, and to see reproductions of the artworks, some of them in very high resolution quality. Google’s ambition is to add more institutions and more high-res artworks to the Art Project, and it will be interesting to see how the partnership between the company and the different museums evolves, The most innovative element of the Project, the large scale use of very high resolution digital images of the artworks, will very likely have a profound impact on other digitisation programmes and generally on the way artwork surrogates are made and used.
The art of listening (no. 211)
UbuWeb: Sound, originally focusing on Sound Poetry, has grown to several hundred recordings encompassing all types of modern and contemporary sound art, much of it significant and important but not easily available elsewhere.
Publication reviews and curated lists (no. 212)
The ARLIS/NA Reviews, edited by Doug Litts and Terrie Wilson, is published online bi-monthly, each issue containing between 10-15 reviews by art librarians. Both current issue and an archive of past ones (including the reviews section of Art Documentation back to 1996) are freely available on the ARLIS NA website.
Still and moving image (no. 213)
Your Paintings is a new joint BBC / Public Catalogue Foundation web resource currently including images (of good quality, but not in high resolution) and information on some 63,000 paintings (set to increase by 2012 to all 200,000) in UK public collections, including national museums, the Arts Council and Government Art Collections, but also local authority and university collections. It makes accessible to the general public the work carried out by the PCF since 2004, when it started publishing the Oil Paintings in Public Ownership series (33 catalogues in print to date).
Contemporary art in Poland and Hungary (no. 214)
A major new Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw is in project, due to open in mid 2016. Operating from temporary premises, is
currently presenting the aptly named urban design festival ‘Warsaw Under Construction’.
Art blogs (no. 215)
British Library Blogs
IP and copyright legislation (no. 216)
In the UK, JISC Legal Information provides excellent advice in this area for university libraries, including a simplified step-by-step guide to copyright law and IP law, guidelines to specific issues (using Facebook in an academic context, for instance), FAQ and news.
Contemporary art in New York (no. 217)
M Art Maps and online listings are probably the best source of information on galleries and exhibitions, including an Openings Guide. The maps divide Manhattan in five areas (Village/Lower East Side, Soho/Tribeca, Chelsea, Midtown/57th Street, Uptown/Madison Ave.), with additional ones for Williamsburg (Brooklyn) and Long Island City (Queens), another two hotspots for galleries.
Theses and dissertations (no. 218)
EThOS (Electronic Theses Online Service) is a hugely successful service managed by the British Library in partnership with the HE sector. It gives details of some 250,000 UK theses going back to 1600, providing free access to e-theses (harvested from OA institutional repositories) and digitised theses where available. Additional material is digitised on demand, in most cases free of charge.
Catalogues raisonnés (no. 219)
Artifex Press is the first company dedicated to the publication of online catalogues raisonnés, currently working with the estates of Sol LeWitt and Agnes Martin along with living artists Chuck Close, Jim Dine, Tara Donovan, Loris Gréaud, Tim Hawkinson, Thomas Nozkowski, Sterling Ruby, James Siena, and Richard Tuttle.
Art ephemera / e-ephemera (no. 220)
Artist Files Revealed
RDA and cataloguing (no. 221)
Fairs (no. 222)
New York Art Book Fair
Contemporary art in Berlin (no. 223)
Research data management (no. 225)
The Digital Curation Centre was established in 2004 to give advice and support to the UK HE research community on all aspects of digital research data management. Its How-to Guides provide a wealth of practical knowledge on a range of issues, from How to Cite Datasets and Link to Publications to How to Develop Research Data Management Services.
Contemporary art in Amsterdam (no. 226)
Capital A lists a select 28 galleries on its website, and has produced a mobile device app for new exhibition listings that
includes an interactive map.
e-books (no. 227)
The Getty Research Portal is a project of the Getty Research Institute (GRI) that provides free access to more than 27,000 digitised art history and rare books from the collections of the GRI, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Heidelberg University Library, the Institut national d’histoire de l’art and others including members of the New York Art Resources Consortium.
Chinese art A-Z (no. 228)
Asia Art Archive
Moving image databases and video streaming (no. 229)
Earlier this year, the BUFVC launched an upgraded version of Bob (Box of Broadcasts) National, its subscription database of TV and radio recordings for UK higher and further education institutions (under the ERA+ Licence). The service allows staff and students to record any programme from more than 60 channels and to watch online (‘stream’) more than 1 million programmes already recorded. Among its improved features are the addition of all BBC TV and radio content from 2007, over 10 foreign language channels, an extended 30 day recording buffer, improved navigation, searchable transcripts and Apple iOS compatibility.
Finally, I would like to thank Cathy Johns, Donna Gundry and previous ARLISNews-Sheet editors for their support and general forbearance, and to wish all readers a very happy summer holiday!
[Grandal Montero, G. (2014) Resources online: Updated URLs. ARLIS News-sheet, no. 230, July-August, pp. 3-4.]