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The Academic Image Co-operative is developing a web-accessible repository of
digital images that support teaching in art history and other disciplines.
Led by the Digital Library Federation with support from the College Art
Association and with funding from the Andrew W Mellon Foundation, the AIC's
emphasis is on digital images that are unencumbered by copyright and on
image collections that support particular and well-defined teaching needs.
The AIC is currently developing a collection that supports art history
survey teaching and is consequently trying to identify copyright cleared
images of the c.2,500 art historical objects that figure in two or more of
the 10 leading art history survey textbooks.
At present, the AIC has approximately 800 images (referring to some 350 art
historical objects) whose copyright cleared status is unquestioned. We could
complete the collection in a matter of weeks with images (e.g. produced via
copystand photography) whose copyright status is unclear in present legal
circumstances. Because there are certain risks associated with that strategy
we are turning to the community to help us complete the collection with
images that are either in the public domain or to which the contributor is
able to waive copyright.
A list of art historical works for which the AIC is seeking images is
available in an Excel spreadsheet which may be viewed or downloaded with
most up-to-date browsers at
Art historians, visual resource professionals and others who are interested
in contributing appropriate images to this valuable educational resource are
encouraged to contact the AIC by sending an email to [log in to unmask]
They may also wish to consult the brief guidelines that outline the
copyright status and formats preferred by the AIC for contributed images.
Further information about the AIC may be found at
Director, Digital Library Federation
1755 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Suite 500
Washington DC 20036
ph: (202) 939-4762
fax: (202) 939-4765