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arsclist Free Access to AATA Online
The following is posted on behalf of Luke Gilliland-Swetland,
Head of Information Resources, The Getty Conservation
Institute. Please re-post to other listservs as appropriate.
Any questions or comments should be forwarded to the AATA
office at aata@xxxxxxxxxx
ART AND ARCHAEOLOGY TECHNICAL ABSTRACTS (AATA)
TO BE AVAILABLE AS A FREE ONLINE RESOURCE
The Getty Conservation Institute (GCI), in association
with the International Institute for Conservation of Historic
and Artistic Works (IIC), is bringing Art and Archaeology
Technical Abstracts to the World Wide Web as a free
service to the international conservation community. When
it is publicly launched on June 8, 2002, AATA Online: Abstracts
of International Conservation Literature (www.getty.edu/conservation)
will offer all 36 volumes of Art and Archaeology Technical
Abstracts and its predecessor, IIC Abstracts, published between
1955 and the present. By year end, abstracts from the 20 AATA
special supplements and almost 2,000 abstracts published
between 1932 and 1955 by the Fogg Art Museum and the
Freer Gallery of Art will be included as well. Ultimately, more
than 100,000 abstracts related to the preservation and
conservation of material cultural heritage will be accessible
in AATA Online. New abstracts will be added quarterly, as AATA
staff work with subject editors and volunteer abstractors to
expand the breadth, depth, and currency of coverage.
After registering for this free service, users will be able to
set a variety of preferences to tailor the system to their research
interests and needs. The interface provides a number of features
including several simple but powerful search capabilities; the
ability to save user-created search strategies for use in future
sessions; and an on-screen notice of the new abstracts added
in the users' selected areas of interest in the last quarterly update.
Users will be able to download or print out their search results.
The classification scheme and subject category descriptions
from the print version of AATA can also be displayed online for
those who prefer to use this more familiar method of searching.
AATA Online will be introduced to the conservation
community at the American Institute for Conservation of
Historic & Artistic Works (AIC) Annual Meeting in Miami
(June 6-11). The site will officially premiere on June 8. There
will be subsequent demonstrations of AATA Online at the
IIC Baltimore Congress 2002 (Sept. 1-6) and at the ICOM-CC
Triennial Meeting in Rio de Janeiro (Sept. 22-28). Delegates
will be able to visit booths in the vendor hall at each of these
conferences to experiment with the new system and to speak
with AATA staff.
In developing AATA Online, GCI staff have devoted time to
listening to the recommendations of the field, convening focus
groups, evaluating the technology, and conducting user
testing. Information gained from these activities will guide
the final development of the resource. Continuing feedback
from those members of the field who have supported AATA
will be solicited.
If you have questions or need additional information, please
contact the AATA office at aata@xxxxxxxxx .
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