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
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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
>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THE GETTY LAUNCHES NEW WEB SITE
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.
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
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.
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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
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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