Working with colleges and universities that sought to bring together disparate image collections managed in various departments across the campus, ARTstor has been building and deploying Shared Shelf, a Web-based platform that allows for the managing of local image collections. Currently, 40 institutions are using the early versions of the service, and are mixing local campus content with ARTstor collections for end users via the ARTstor work space. Catalogers can call upon the authority files built by the Getty Research Institute, and projects can be set up with very simple or very rich data, depending upon the needs of the materials and the users of those materials. Content can be published to a range of local or open Web targets, and more functionality will be released over the course of this academic year that will allow for the collective building of shareable work records (i.e. one shared record for a famous building) and for more interoperation with other systems. “The work that we do,” ARTstor’s President James Shulman noted, “is driven by the characteristics of primary source material. Managing such content is technologically and legally complex and we believe that managing such material should be thought of as a shared responsibility and a shared need. Everything that we do—whether it is aggregating content that users want in the ARTstor Digital Library, building tools that facilitate flexible sharing, or working with the community on shared cataloging resources—is tied together by a need to help content flow for academic use. Shared Shelf helps these images flow into teaching and research across a given campus or across a consortium, and has the potential for helping content to be shared on a wider basis.”
Find out more at www.sharedshelf.org.