The American Art Collaborative (AAC) is a consortium of 13 museums in the U.S. committed to establishing a critical mass of LOD on the subject of American Art.
AAC believes that Linked Open Data offers rich potential to increase the understanding and appreciation of art by simplifying and increasing access across art and cultural holdings, as a research tool for scholars and curators that transcends what is possible with relational data, and as a public interface for students, teachers and museum visitors. The project seeks to develop and identify implications for a federated model, whereby museums will maintain and host their own data, providing access through unique SPARQL endpoints.
Thanks to a grant from the Andrew Mellon Foundation awarded to the Smithsonian American Art Museum on behalf of the AAC, the Consortium is currently engaged in a nine month planning phase. The key objective of the planning grant is to agree upon a vision for the Collaborative and articulate a road map for building and establishing the critical mass of information. Following the planning grant, AAC envisions two phases: Phase 1 would focus on converting and publishing museum data as LOD; and phase 2 would focus on developing applications for research and educational purposes.
The AAC is managed by Eleanor E. Fink, an international art and technology consultant.
The current participating museums are:
Amon Carter Museum of American Art
Jana Hill, Collection Information and Imaging Manager
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
Karen Weiss, Supervisory Information Resources Specialist
Autry National Center
Rebecca Menendez, Director, Information Services and Technology
Colby College Museum of Art
Sharon Corwin, Director
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
Thomas Gilcrease Institute of American History and Art
Diana Folsom, Head of Collection Digitization
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Linda Thrift, Head Collections Information and Research
National Museum of Wildlife Art
Dawn K. Kimbrel, Registrar
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