AMICO held its first annual
membership meeting July 4-5, preceded by a mini-conference of the University
Testbed participants (July 3-4) reporting on their uses of The AMICO Library. Following up on tasks identified at the Members meeting, AMICO
prepared and submitted a proposal to the National Endowment for the
Humanities for grant funded development of Guidelines for Application
of Art Documentation Standards and applied the recommendations of the
AMICO Editorial Committee to The AMICO Library, cleaning up Object-Type
terminology, Creator-Culture and Creator-Names.
Data was prepared for Ohio-Link
and final data submissions for 19990 were made to RLG.
The AMICO Public Web site
was re-launched with improved information clustering and updated content.
Annual Membership Meeting
and University Testbed Meeting
Reports from the University
testbed participants were extremely exciting, and gave AMICO members
a considerable amount of information on which to act - a report was
prepared for the AMICO web site http://www.amico.org/projects/u.mtg.99/u.results.html
and a pdf file was made available as well. The Members meeting was similarly
reported. Please visit the following link for all the details, AMICO
Members Meeting Report.
Each member Working Group
developed detailed priority lists for itself and has begun working on
them. Organizationally, the working groups became more formal through
electing chairs to ensure that their work will be conducted.
AMICO Technical Director
Brad Dietrich delivered the last of the 1999 Library data to the Research
Libraries Group and prepared for tape shipment to OhioLink. In the process,
all image file headers were written with AMICO copyright and identification
The interest of members,
as expressed at the AMICO members meeting, in guidelines for best practices
for documentation led Jennifer Trant and David Bearman to develop a
proposal to the National Endowment for the Humanities Preservation and
Access program under which AMICO would lead a profession-wide effort
to define guidelines for application of art documentation standards.
The proposal was submitted for a June 30 deadline. It will be reviewed
by NEH and, if funded, would begin in May 2000.
Following on AMICO's agreement
with the Artist Rights Society, all ARS represented artists in The AMICO Library were identified in a newly created artists biographical authority
file. Works by these artists dating after 1929 which were contributed
by members to The AMICO Library (and hence potentially under copyright
and represented by ARS) were identified. Lists were prepared for members
review of the copyright status of these works prior to AMICO reporting
to ARS. "Represented by ARS" copyright
Marketing/PR for AMICO
and The AMICO Library
AMICO intern Kelly Richmond
began to provide AMICO with an uplift to its public face in June. She
worked with Executive Director Jennifer Trant on updating and rationalizing
the public web site for a re-launch at the end of the month. She also
prepared reports from the University Testbed meeting and members meeting,
issued press releases with AMICO members on the availability of the
new Library, and drafted a series of planned AMICO brochures.
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