About the AAC

Meeting room with participants around the table
February 2015 AAC meeting, hosted by the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM)
“Data that is in motion is much more preservable than data in files.”
–Cory Doctorow, in his keynote presentation at Museums & the Web 2016

Goals and Objectives

The American Art Collaborative is dedicated to creating a diverse critical mass of LOD on the Web on the subject of American art by putting the collections of the participating museums in the cloud and tagging this data as LOD. This will exponentially enhance the access, linking, and sharing of information about American art in a way that transcends what is currently possible with structured data.

The goals of the initiative are to simplify access to digital information across museum collections for both researchers and the public, to create new opportunities for discovery, research and collaboration, to promote creative reuse of data on American art across numerous applications, and to showcase for museums and other scholarly institutions the inherent possibilities of LOD.

Grant Support

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, the AAC is now engaged in an implementation phase to convert the American art holdings of partner museums to LOD.

Plans over the grant period are described in detail in the Project Road Map [PDF] 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.

AAC High Level Timeline
AAC High Level Timeline