4/26/98 meeting in Toronto after Museums & the Web
attendance: Tammy Sopinski, MIA; Stephanie Stebich, CMA; Max Anderson,
Jane Rhodes, Judith Mastai, & Karen McKenzie, AGO; Susan Chun, Asia
Society, Peter Walsh, Davis Art Museum; Peter Samis, SFMOMA
Facilitating: Jennifer Trant
The first major issue addressed
was putting a public face on AMICO. (If we don't, someone else will!) Given
budgetary constraints, the AMICO web site was deemed the most effective way
to publish this information. Jennifer volunteered to put together an FAQ for
our review, which could be posted to the site.
Some points to include:
- who we are: a membership-led,
- open technical specifications
& licensing agreements
- not exclusive, not even
- growing, now including
- not for profit, open participatory
- not just images
- committed to exploring
new technologies as they develop, embracing them when appropriate
- data you can't get elsewhere,
searchable across museums
- does not limit Fair Use
or Fair Dealing
The importance of the look
and feel of the AMICO web site was emphasized. It should be visually attractive,
and not massively text-based. Beyond the FAQs, other key features include:
- Summary of online testbed:
participants, samples, reports
- AMICO in the press: coverage,
- Calendar: AMICO in public
forums, delivery dates, schedules
- Membership Info: requirements,
- History: chronology of
- Intellectual Property:
licenses and statement re: Fair Use
- Univ. testbed updates:
news, sample projects
The web site will have a public
front end, followed by 2 other insulated layers: one for university testbed
participants, and the other for member museums, who will be able to monitor
and participate in their own discussions as well as those of the university
Ian Rubenzahl will submit
some web site designs, incorporating the new FAQs and this structure, for
An essential part of our identity
will be our relations with the participating university testbed partners.
Peter W. suggested that AMICO members might "buddy up" with their regional
university partners; that we follow reports of focus groups held during the
year, engage in web-based discussions, an hold an end-of-year meeting in Spring
1999 to debrief what went right and wrong, with papers and presentations reporting
on the results.
Once we receive external funding,
the following staff infrastructure will be put into place:
- an Executive Director
- someone in charge of Technical
Services (for AMICO museum members and distributors), and
- someone charged with User
Services (for universities and AMICO member museums in their educational
This third person will be
the official university testbed participant liaison.
The final issue treated (it
was only a 90-minute meeting!) was how we as AMICO member museums might ourselves
use The AMICO Library. Susan suggested that we link or post internal discussion
documents from our museums contemplating educational uses for the data. Max
and Judith said the AGO would post their scenarios for potential users and
their support. IAIA (Minneapolis Institute of Art/Walker Art Center collaborative)
will do the same. Museums will be able to publicly perform the AMICO database
in their galleries/study rooms, or to press CDs for distribution without a
fee to schools, for example. The Indianapolis IMLS grant, if awarded, will
provide valuable information re: K-12 use of AMICO modules. What are the tools
teachers need? How will we use other museums to interpret the works in our
own collections? A call was made for members to post their evolving ideas
to the Users & Uses discussion on the Web.
So, the Committee Members'
- Review boilerplate FAQs
that Jennifer will post to AMICO site for review.
- Send a sample catalog record
with image and all data in tag-delimited format to Jennifer to be published
on the public web site. She will forward this set to RLG so they can be
mocked up and we can give early feedback on the anticipated user interface
for the testbed Library.
- Peter Walsh will post suggested
regional groupings between museums and testbed universities: a proposal
for a sort of "buddy system."
- Post plans for our own
institutional uses of the AMICO testbed Library.
At the follow-up meeting with
the full AMICO group, a testbed
calendar for the coming year was sketched out.
Respectfully submitted, etc.
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