Congratulations NYARC team  - your project's use case will continue to
push the limits of web archival technologies, so we all will look
forward to the outcomes and new ideas this yields!


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Subject: [NDSA-ALL] New York Art Resources Consortium (NYARC) receives
support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for a program to preserve
born-digital scholarly materials
From: "Kempe, Deborah" <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Mon, October 28, 2013 9:44 am
To: [log in to unmask]

The New York Art Resources Consortium (NYARC),<>
consisting of The Frick Art Reference Library of The Frick Collection,
The Brooklyn Museum Libraries & Archives, and the Library & Museum
Archives of the Museum of Modern Art, has been awarded $340,000 from The
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to initiate a program of web archiving for
specialist art historical resources. The two-year program, entitled
Making the Black Hole Gray: Implementing the Web Archiving of Specialist
Art Resources, will follow a 2012 pilot study, Reframing Collections for
the Digital
also funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

That study demonstrated that the types of materials the NYARC libraries
had been collecting in printed form were increasingly migrating to
online versions available exclusively on the web. It concluded that
there was an urgent need to document the dynamic web-based versions of
auction catalogues, catalogues raisonnés, and scholarly research
projects, as well as artist, gallery, and museum websites, because
otherwise there is a real and imminent danger of a “digital black
hole” in the art historical record.

"This generous grant will allow us to move forward in capturing born
digital art information with the same diligence and care that we devote
to more traditional paper-based resources", says Milan Hughston, Chief
of Library & Museum Archives at The Museum of Modern Art.

The new operational program will allow for the better harvesting,
description of, and access to these materials. It will also address the
issues of long-term preservation. Stephen Bury, Andrew W. Mellon Chief
Librarian at the Frick, states; "We are very grateful to The Andrew W.
Mellon Foundation for their continued support of the New York Art
Resources Consortium and our efforts to provide our museum staff and the
research community with integrated access to art historical materials in
digital and print formats.”

Deirdre Lawrence, Principal Librarian at the Brooklyn Museum, states
that "The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has once again supported NYARC’s
efforts to make our respective collections more available to a large and
varied audience. This innovative grant will allow us to capture and make
discoverable essential digital resources in many areas ranging from
ancient Egypt to contemporary art.”

The Frick Collection is the administrator of the grant, with Deborah
Kempe<mailto:[log in to unmask]> as Principal Investigator.

Learn more about the project from an interview of NYARC leaders in The
Signal<>, the digital preservation
blog of the Library of Congress.
Please see the attachment for further information and dissemination.

Deborah Kempe
Chief, Collections Management & Access
Frick Art Reference Library
10 East 71st Street
New York, NY 10021
tel. 212.547-0658 ; fax 212 547-0680
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