Museum of Art
The metadata renaissance has begun
As the digital humanities field continues to evolve and grow as more and more institutions archives are being digitized and made available online. This is an
important development for scholarly research and an opportunity to open up collections by making them accessible to all.
In the course of this year, the Louvre has published and digitized over 400,000 artworks online. This digital trend is however a major part of museum culture.
For many years, the development process has been ongoing. In 2017, the Metropolitan Museum of Art launched their Open Access platform with Creative.
Recently, the Cleveland Museum of Art opened their Open Access platform. It makes not only photographs from their collections but all of their collections, accessible to the public.
Public-- but also as many metadata for each piece as is possible.
The museum's collection is accessible online to visitors who can choose of downloading the metadata as a.txt for every image.
Professional archivists know: the more metadata you have, the more accurate. This is why museum metadata contains extremely detailed information regarding the art work's
Publishing history and provenance, official caption information, references (reproductions in catalogs and books) as well as many other details.
Artwork Archive was not available to Austin Community College before they joined. "We utilize Artwork Archive from the beginning.