The American Art Collaborative (AAC) is a consortium of art museums in the United States committed to establishing a critical mass of LOD on the subject of American art.
The Collaborative believes that LOD offers rich potential to increase the understanding of art by expanding access to cultural holdings, by deepening research connections for scholars and curators, and by creating public interfaces for students, teachers, and museum visitors. AAC members are committed to learn together about LOD, to identify best practices for publishing museum data as LOD, and to explore applications that will help scholars, educators, and the public. AAC intends to share best practices, guidelines, and lessons learned with the broader museum community, building a network of museum practitioners to contribute quality information about works of art in their collections to the Linked Open Data Cloud.
Thanks to a planning grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, a national leadership grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and a second grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, AAC is now engaged in an implementation phase to convert the American art holdings of partner museums to LOD. Plans over the coming 22 month period are described in the road map AAC created under the Mellon planning grant. The project will use a federated model whereby each AAC member assumes responsibility for updating and maintaining its own data.
The AAC is managed by Eleanor E. Fink, an international art and technology consultant, and founder of AAC.
The current participating museums are:
Amon Carter Museum of American Art
Jana Hill, Digital Engagement Manager
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
Karen Weiss, Supervisory Information Resources Specialist
Autry Museum of the American West
Rebecca Menendez, Director, Information Services and Technology
Colby College Museum of Art
Paige Doore, Curricular Registrar
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
Shane Richey, Digital Media Manager
Dallas Museum of Art (DMA)
Shyam Oberoi, Director of Technology and Digital Media and
Brian MacElhose, Collections Database Administrator
Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA)
Kyle Jaebker, Director IMA Lab
Jeremy Tubbs, Web Application Developer
Thomas Gilcrease Institute of American History and Art
Diana Folsom, Head of Collection Digitization
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Sue Garton, Data Administrator
National Museum of Wildlife Art
Adam Harris, Petersen Curator of Art and Research
Princeton University Art Museum
Cathryn Goodwin, Manager of Collections Information
Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM)
Rachel Allen, Deputy Director and Sara Snyder, Deputy Chief, Media & Technology Office
Walters Art Gallery
Kate Blanch, Administrator, Museum Databases