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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 14, No. 687.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

             Date: Wed, 21 Feb 2001 07:58:56 +0000
             From: NINCH-ANNOUNCE <david@ninch.org>
             Subject: The Getty Trust's New Web Site

    News on Networking Cultural Heritage Resources
    from across the Community
    February 21, 2001

                              The Getty Trust's New Web Site

    >Date: February 20, 2001
    >Sylvia Sukop

    Enhanced Resources on getty.edu Include Online Reservations,
    Streaming Media, and High-Powered Search Engine

    LOS ANGELES - The newly redesigned Web site of the J. Paul Getty Trust goes
    live today on the World Wide Web. Getty.edu aims to extend the reach of all
    the Getty's programs by serving a broad audience of museum-goers,
    professionals, and members of the general public interested in art,
    education, conservation, scholarship, and philanthropy. The new Web site
    features expanded content and streaming media including over 200 video
    clips related to artists, conservation, special exhibitions, and works in
    the permanent collection. The redesign incorporates bold colors and
    graphics and completely new navigational tools.

    "Our online visitors will now experience a more vibrant and seamless view
    of the whole Getty and its deep online resources," says Kenneth Hamma,
    project director for getty.edu and assistant director for collections
    information in the Museum. "In the same way that the creation of the Getty
    Center united all of our programs in one physical location, the redesign of
    the Getty Web site creates a new home in cyberspace for the wide-ranging
    resources of the Museum, Research Institute, Conservation Institute, and
    the Grant Program. And it's an open house-we've streamlined access to our
    very rich content, making virtual visits to the Getty more exciting and
    informative than ever."

    Content Deeper and More Accessible
    In addition to a library catalogue of 800,000 volumes and other online
    research tools, the new Web site offers users nearly 54,000 pages related
    to works of art and professional reports in conservation and art history.
    The site is organized to provide quick and direct access to all of these
    resources for all audiences. And if a user is not sure exactly where to
    look for specific information on getty.edu, the newly developed site-wide
    search engine will help.

    "Explore Art" provides images and information on the Getty's art
    collections and exhibitions. "Explore Art" can take visitors quickly to the
    art or artist they're looking for, but also allows them to link up to a
    vast matrix of additional information about an artists, subject matter,
    conservation methods, or manufacturing techniques, as well as interviews
    with curators and conservators. In addition to over 200 video clips,
    "Explore Art" includes 3,300 works of art, 1,500 artist biographies, and
    1,500 glossary definitions.

    "Visitor Guide" features an interactive event calendar, tips on planning a
    visit, and basic visitor information in Spanish. And for the first time,
    Getty visitors can make reservations for events, parking, and the Getty
    Restaurant via email using the new online reservations system.

    "About Us" provides regular users access to professional resources such as
    research databases, conservation lab and field reports, grant information
    and applications, and a large suite of research tools available through the
    Getty's four major programs. Visitors can also purchase Getty publications
    online at the "Bookstore," find out about news from the Getty such as new
    acquisition announcements, and explore volunteer and employment
    opportunities at the Getty.

    The Getty's online resources are as diverse as the visitors who use them.
    Getty.edu serves the graduate student investigating works of art and other
    scholars' research for an art history dissertation in decorative arts; the
    conservation professional in Latin America researching seismic
    stabilization methods to protect a historic building; and the primary
    school teacher who wants to learn about the Getty before bringing a third
    grade class to visit. The site will also appeal to members of the general
    public who may know little about art but simply enjoy browsing the Internet
    for engaging ideas and images.

    Design Team
    The Getty's Web team, led by Vicki Porter and Nik Honeysett, has been
    developing the new design over the past year, working with staff across the
    Getty to better support the Trust's multifaceted mission.

    "This new design was created specifically for our online audience of both
    general visitors and professionals," says manager of Web production Vicki
    Porter. "Packed with high-quality videos, news, and stories that will be
    constantly updated, the Web site will help make the Getty's extensive
    resources more attractive and accessible to a global audience of all ages
    and backgrounds."

    Currently featured on the home page of getty.edu are the landmark
    international traveling exhibition Shaping the Great City: Modern
    Architecture in Central Europe, 1890-1937, and the new acquisition,
    Portrait of John, Lord Mountstuart (1763), one of the largest pastels ever
    created by the popular 18th-century artist Jean-tienne Liotard. Other
    pages are enlivened by views of the Getty campus, works of art from the
    collection, and illustrations from the children's book Going to the Getty,
    by Vivian Walsh and j. otto Siebold.

    # # #

    With getty.edu you can:

      Look at art in our collections. Browse by subjects like gods in mythology
    or flowers in the natural world. Learn how Louis XIV chose the sunflower as
    his emblem

      Watch a Man Ray film from the 1920s. Learn about Italian maiolica jars
    used in the 1400s to store medicinal herbs. Explore the often enigmatic
    works of Renaissance painter Dosso Dossi.

      Discover Mexican history for a school project using the bilingual digital
    resource Mexico: From Empire to Revolution. View its more than 250
    photographs and albums with images ranging from ancient Mayan ruins to the
    revolution of 1910.

      Focus on how artist Adriaen de Vries made bronzes using the lost-wax
    process, or watch a potter recreate an ancient Greek vase. Go behind the
    scenes to see museum staff unpack a crate and install a sculpture in a

      Shop the bookstore for art and architecture publications, CD-ROMs,
    videos, and books for kids. View features for many titles such as tables of
    contents, reviews, or sample pages like those in Nature Illuminated.

      Learn about conservation of ancient artworks and how the Getty is
    researching ways to preserve cultural sites around the world, such as a
    14th-century mosaic in Prague. Watch a paintings conservator explain how
    infrared reflectography reveals the artist's process.

      Expand your horizons by becoming a Getty intern, volunteer, or employee.
    Apply for a great job or become a docent and enrich the visitor experience
    with architecture tours and storytelling.

      Plan a visit to the Getty Center. See what there is to do in our event
    calendar and use email reservation to book parking, a table in the
    Restaurant, or a special event such as a concert or wine tasting.
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