Open GLAM: The Great Wave: what Hokusai’s masterpiece tells us about museums, copyright and online collections today. “When museums digitise their collections and put them online, they take a range of approaches to copyright and licensing the digital surrogates they have created. While some museums adopt open access policies to encourage the reuse and sharing of material, most choose to use copyright to regulate and monetise their digital images. So how do museums holding an impression of [Katsushika] Hokusai’s iconic work make it available? To find out, let’s compare fourteen cultural institutions that have digitised and published their ‘Great Wave’ online.”
Forbes: Finding A Way To Make Digitizing Art Collections Profitable. “Institutions that hold the world’s art have often been slow to create user-friendly digital databases and websites to display their collections (not to mention their retail). The challenges are clear: collections are vast with a majority of works in storage, building new websites and painstakingly cataloging photos of pieces is expensive, and keeping these colossal digital collections up-to-date technologically is difficult.”
Art News: ‘It’s Helpful to Know All Scales’: Online Spreadsheet Discloses Museum Workers’ Salaries. “In another sign of increasing demand for transparency at art institutions across the world, museum workers have begun making public their salary rates via a Google Spreadsheet document that began circulating on Friday morning. Titled ‘Art/Museum Salary Transparency 2019,’ the document allows users to add information about the terms of their employment and their rates of pay at some of the biggest museums in the world.”
Artforum: Leonard A. Lauder Research Center For Modern Art Launches Digital Archives. “The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Leonard A. Lauder Research Center for Modern Art has established a new initiative to make inaccessible or rare documents available online. The project, created in collaboration with the Met’s digital department, seeks to advance scholarship through digital access to primary-source materials.”
Hyperallergic: Collaging with the Rijksmuseum’s Entire Collection at Your Fingertips. “When museums open the archives, some artists go to work.” Can I say that this is a large cartoon / comic strip without it being pejorative?
Museums of the City of Paris: The “Second Canvas” app: discover the works from Paris Musées in very high resolution!. “You can see the artist’s brush strokes, wonder at the technical mastery of a work or have a closer look at a specific item in the corner of a painting that no one else seems to have noticed. With the ‘Second Canvas’ app, you can now contemplate the works of the City of Paris museums in very high resolution!” Over fifty works are now available, with more being added over time.
With a tip o’ the nib to Laughing Squid, from the Salvador Dali Museum: dali lives: museum brings artist back to life with ai. “Visitors to the Museum will soon have the opportunity to learn more about Dali’s life and work from the person who knew him best: the artist himself. Using an artificial intelligence (AI)-based cutting edge technique, the new ‘Dali Lives’ experience employs machine learning to create a version of Dali’s likeness, resulting in an uncanny resurrection of the mustached master. When the experience opens, visitors will for the first time be able to interact with an engaging lifelike Salvador Dali on a series of screens throughout the Museum.”