of the Library
How much "deep data"
will be available during the testbed year?
Much less deep data (beyond
a catalog record and image for each work of art) will be available in
the Testbed year than we feel is desirable. It is recognized by AMICO
members that the Testbed Library was collected rapidly, and that further
documentation of works in that Library is desirable. The Testbed will,
we hope, help to define what further information would be most useful
and to whom.
Will there be media
other than text and images in the deep data and if so, how much?
Over time there will be
sound files, structured text and free text, motion images, CAD and other
kinds of files associated with works of art. In the testbed year there
are, unfortunately, few files other than images, and few involving light
sources outside the visible light range. AMICO hopes that it will nevertheless
learn from users what they can do, or want to do, with these other data
types and will be able to provide them in future years.
Who, at the museums,
is actually doing the work of creating The AMICO Library? In particular,
who is creating the "deep data?"
AMICO records are collections
of information created by numerous people in different departments. It
is hoped that over time, nearly all the staff of museum members (especially
museum educators) will play a role in creating AMICO data. Today most
of the data comes from collections management systems, photographic systems
and curators, with some input from publications departments.
manuscripts and illustrated books be part of The AMICO Library?
In principle, absolutely.
Currently the Library does not contain many such works, but collections
of member institutions do, and undoubtedly the Library will have such
materials in due course.
to the Library
How will the search
engine work? Will I be able, for example, to find all the objects from
Giza at the Museum of Fine Arts?
Each distributor provides
their own search tools. In the planned RLG Museum Record Service, the
question of objects from a geographical location held by a given museum
can be asked.
How will non-historical
subject searches be facilitated? For example, if a historian wanted to
research images of ancient food preparation, would they be able to do
The AMICO Library will
be indexed by artist, title, object type, materials and other categories
of information typically documented by art scholars. These do not include
all the intellectual perspectives that might be of interest to scholars
in other fields. AMICO is very interested in encouraging feedback from
users about the kinds of indexing that would benefit them and also in
incorporating into The AMICO Library access points provided by academic
users. Requirements of this kind, and mechanisms for supporting them,
are under exploration in the University Testbed.
of the Library and the License
Will students who
create work using AMICO images be able to exhibit the work? If so, where?
Students will be able
to submit papers which incorporate AMICO works as part of their class
assignments. They may modify works in the context of studio art courses
or elsewhere when there are concrete educational objectives in doing so.
In recognition of the moral rights of the artists, they must retain links
to the original work of art. Without obtaining further permissions from
the copyright holder, modifications may only be exhibited for other designated
users at the licensing institution, for example as part of a graduating
show at the university art gallery.
Will students and
faculty who create work using AMICO images be able to sell the work?
Not without obtaining
additional permissions from the rights holders. No commercial uses of
AMICO works are permitted under the license.
At what point in
the process of manipulation of AMICO images does the result cease to be
an AMICO image and become an original work of art?
No one can answer this
question except by saying that an original work of art embodies creativity
on the part of the artist. AMICO urges artists to respect the moral rights
of other artists.
What is the best
way to direct questions/comments/requests to AMICO?
Inquiries should be posted
to the discussions at the University Testbed web site at:
There are discussions on University Users and Uses, Licensing and Rights,
and Library Structure and Delivery. Members of AMICO and representatives
of RLG will be monitoring these discussions and will respond to queries
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