The Abbey Newsletter

Volume 25, Number 6
Apr 2002

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 bring 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 ( 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.

AATA Online will be introduced to the conservation community at the American Institute of Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works (AIC) Annual Meeting in Miami (June 6-11). The site ( officially premiere on June 8. There will be subsequent demonstration 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.

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