kindly taken for us by Ricky Erway of RLG, and barely edited before
we slipped off to vacation. D&J
RE notes: "These notes were not taken with the intent to serve as
minutes and will need to be supplemented to fully represent topics of
interest to members"
update topics covered in joint session:
Incorporation - AMICO will be incorporated as a not-for-profit in DC
in June and will no longer be affiliated with AAMD. The executive committee
will elected by the board when it meets again in June. The board expects
that member dues and outside funding will support the organization.
License fees will grow as the Library and user base grows; member fees
will remain the same.
New AMICO members - Membership will now extend beyond the AAMD membership.
The Library of Congress is joining with 16K records to contribute the
first year. The Frick, some additional Canadian members, and some European
members are anticipated. New members will not exceed about 12 and emphasis
will be placed on their technical ability to participate. Bob Bergman
(Cleveland Museum of Art) is head of membership committee. Goals are
image-ready candidates and broad representation. New members will sign
on in June and can access the testbed, even though their data will not
be available until after the testbed year.
Michael Shapiro, AMICO General Counsel, led a meeting on Rights earlier
in the week. He briefed attendees on the incorporation process. The
rights committee reviewed the draft of the member contract and discussed
artist rights strategy - looking for a standard letter with which to
approach them. Will vet with rights holders. Some discussion about offering
artists compensation that they would then be encouraged to donate to
AMICO. Next task will be the university license and in the future, a
K-12/public library license framework
Foundations want visible proof-of-concept and confidence that membership
will grow. They are leery of more imaging/demonstration projects. The
public web site will serve as proof-of-concept. Canadian funding will
be more likely with additional Canadian members. The Mellon discussion
is ongoing; should know by June. Packard discussions are underway. More
PR about AMICO and sharing of AMICO documentation will help in fundraising.
The Delmas Foundation has provided $10K for NSF/DLI2-planning purposes
All pending grant proposals focus on use of The AMICO Library (not operational
support for AMICO).
- Arizona State Library is proposing to deliver the Library to regional
K-12 and public libraries. The project would begin in October 98 with
a limited release and larger-scale in 1999-2000. See their proposal
- Indiana University Purdue is proposing a leadership grant project
to deliver the Library to the greater Indianapolis area (schools,
museums, and public libraries). They have already conducted a focus
group and results will be posted soon for AMICO members.
- AMICO will propose a demonstration project for a large-scale university
investigation. A meeting of a subset of members and testbed users
will be held in late May. The proposal is due July 15. Steve Griffin
and Michael Lesk actively sought an AMICO proposal and gave some guidance
to D&J. They don't want proposals for projects where they know how
it will turn out and be used. They want surprises and discoveries
along the way. The AMICO Library content and research topics have
also been offered to NSF for others' DLI2 proposals.
MDLC has incorporated as a not-for-profit with a board consisting of
museum directors and academics. There may be a for-profit licensing
arm. They have 20 participants in the planning process (none actually
signed on as members until after that is complete). All are US Cultural/Art
repositories (only overlap w/ AMICO members is LC and Harvard, sort
of). They are seeking $750K to support their planning period of 7-9
months. They will likely submit an IMLS proposal. The MDLC agenda is
now very complementary to AMICO's:
decide what to submit
Payment for scanning
Proceeds to museums
Museums pay dues
Museums pay for own costs
No revenue to members
but rich data
No AMICO authoring
Intended as distributed
Many ways to make available
Designed as central delivery
No license fee for 3 yrs
will add value to MOA, LC and National Archives initiatives and create
software tools. They are targeting K-12 and universities.
AMN's site, amico.org, will be up by Labor Day. [D&J have issued an
RFP for others.] AMN will provide the proposed functionality to AMICO
members for feedback, followed by a period of review to get input for
of Content Delivery and Validation
Some data has been received from everyone. Some from everyone either
validates or is close. Some data that validated once is now not validating
because the validation routines are improving. All data will be delivered
to RLG on April 30. Members can look at the Focus reporting site to
The Java scripts used for validation are now being used locally by AGO
and NMA. Next Focus Consulting will look at content parsing (taking
the contents of text fields and separating them into subfields, as in
dimension, creator, and dates elements). So far the routines are about
90% successful. The third part of the Focus contract will look at enhancement
of Getty authority files. This will be part of the DLI2 project.
There will be no new content in the testbed year. After all the data
is delivered on April 30, D&J will negotiate with RLG to see if updating
is possible. Otherwise all updating happens once a year, when all the
data is re-delivered. Any changes Focus makes to the data need to be
returned to the museums so it can be redelivered in that form, otherwise
the enhancements will have to be repeated each time. There was some
question about all the images being redelivered each time.
Interest in providing RLG input on functionality and interface was expressed.
There was some discussion of process and participants. As soon as the
preview is available on July 1, RLG will be eager to hear reactions,
although what changes they will be able to implement may be limited.
The testbed period is intended to take advantage of the input of AMICO
members and the university users. RLG will provide a method for online
comments and help, an 800 number for the university technical contacts,
and will do some logging of activity.
There has been an additional field added (data processing) about which
we'll be informed. The data dictionary will be stable by April 30 and
will shortly thereafter be made available to interested others, with
metadata approach, diagram, examples, and a disclaimer. There will also
be a mapping of the AMICO approach to others' approaches (CIMI, CDWA,
DC, VRA, etc.)
AMICO is planning an event to talk about document authenticity and the
museum community. It would be co-sponsored by other organizations, each
inviting 25 people. Day 1 - Identify the requirements of the cultural
heritage community, Day 2 - Vendor presentations, Day 3 - Solution consensus.
Topics to be included are registration, DOI, watermarking, etc. Planned
for fall 98
The 8-month testbed project will involve all kinds of museums (including
4 AMICO members) and investigate Dublin Core-related issues (65% education
and 35% solution). D&J wanted to know if AMICO members thought AMICO
should participate or if having representation by the 4 members was
enough. It would require a lot of work on the part of D&J. Either way,
AMICO progress will inform and improve CIMI's work. A request for comment
on whether AMICO should participate has been posted on the technical
committee discussion list at www.amn.org/HyperNews/get/CCC/34/3.html.
Other Dublin Core News - There has been an RFC issued by the W3C gang
that shows Netscape displaying, alongside the browser, Dublin Core data
in RDF format using XML. The model uses the mummy work from The AMICO Library. This has been demoed at two conferences and D&J will provide
a URL for the PowerPoint presentation and the URL for the live demo
Under this initiative, not-for-profit developers would get The AMICO Library content from July 98-July 99 for tool development. They can
hold the content for a year. If they develop tools they can license
them to other distributors. Some may even barter the tools for the AMICO
subscription. AMICO should prepare a wish list of tools that would be
- No way to say yet whether this will be advantageous for AMICO. By
the time Internet2 is an option we may be using progressive image delivery
and not need the added bandwidth capacity. Delivery of uncompressed
TIFF images - These requests will come through the university technical
contact person and are not likely to be single image requests. RLG will
work out delivery options and pricing at the time of request. Individual
end-users will not request TIFFs.
- Columbia and Illinois have both expressed desires to access the Library
through a Z39.50 client. [Columbia is using the CIMI profile to build
their slide library and Illinois wants to integrate The AMICO Library
with other library catalogs and so would want to use the BIB1 profile.]
Neither is possible for the testbed year, but may be possible thereafter.
Submissions and New members - The Technical Committee will start
assembling guidance for future submissions. Tools, processes, and hindsight
will make the next go-round easier.
from Use and Users briefing after their meeting
- Worked on PR needs in AMICO public web pages (http://members.amico.org),
including topics for a FAQ list, a calendar, AMICO in the press, a sample
from each member. There will be three areas: public, AMICO members,
and University testbed participants. AMICO members can see all; university
participants cannot see the AMICO area.
- There was a proposal for a buddy system between each university liaison
and an AMICO liaison on a geographic basis. [May also use the buddy
system for new and founding AMICO members]
- A research agenda for museum use is needed.
- A direction for future content development was proposed: architecture.
- Funding will be needed for a meeting of representatives from all testbed
participants and AMICO members.
- Some talk about how AMICO will eventually be staffed: executive director,
technical services, and user services.
NSF planning meeting
Public website at www.amico.org
Working meeting at MCN 9-25-98?
member test data to AMICO
data to AMICO for validation
CAA meeting in LA
and Museums on the Web in New Orleans
content to RLG
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