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AMICO Members Announced

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						Millicent Hall Gaudieri
						Maxwell L. Anderson

Art Museum Image Consortium (AMICO) Founded:  Collections of over Twenty
Art Museums to be Digitally Available for Educational Use

New York, NY - October 15, 1997 - The Association of Art Museum Directors
Educational Foundation, Inc. announces the formation of the Art Museum Image
Consortium (AMICO), a non-profit organization that will provide educational
access to a joint multimedia digital library documenting works of the
collections of the major North American art museums.

�AMICO is an unprecedented collaborative effort of many of the world�s
leading art museums.  It seeks to make a sustained and significant
contribution to the education of our young people about the history of art
and its usefulness in studying countless aspects of the humanities and
social sciences.  The digitized text, images, audio tours and multimedia
being created in museums provide a rich source of content for on-line
curriculum, and interest in their use is growing.  AMICO will offer
non-proprietary, networked access to images of the information about works
of art scattered in dozens of major collections, and allow the casual user
and scholar alike to sample and research works of art in our collective
care,� stated Maxwell L. Anderson, Director, Art Gallery of Ontario, and
Director, Art Museum Network (  Both information providers
and users acknowledge that new economic and social models are required to
support the desired uses of digital information in learning, teaching, and
A not-for-profit Consortium that licenses the content of museums
collectively is a means of distributing museums� digital information he 
educational community. 

The directors and representatives of the founding art museums (see below) 
desire to take advantage of an emerging new educational opportunity. 
�Reaching out together through new technology, we can bring our
collections closer to those who use them for research, education, and
enjoyment.  This unprecedented collaboration amongst art museums will
create a rich resource, unique in its scope and depth,� said Hugh M.
Davies, President of the Association of Art Museum Directors and Director
of the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego. 

Working together through a six-month planning process, member museums have
defined mechanisms for the collection and distribution of a multi-media
digital library documenting and interpreting their collections. 

Prior to announcing the full availability of its digital library, AMICO is
launching a year-long testbed project.  The founding members wish to
validate the proposed framework for the collective licensing of museum
digital collections, and to evaluate a means of delivering this content to
the higher educational community.  The university testbed project will
also increase understanding of the ways that universities are adopting
digital teaching and reference tools and enable AMICO member museums to
offer a Library that meets the needs of its users.  A call for
participation in the AMICO University Testbed can also be found at

Working within AMICO enables members to fulfill their educational
missions.  By using digital technologies museums have the opportunity to
make their cultural resource more relevant and accessible to a wide range
of educators and students.  This is the first step toward using these
resources creatively to illustrate and explore history, art, and culture. 
By reaching out into the community, AMICO members hope to engage more
students with art, developing a visually and culturally literate public
that, in turn, comes to the museum. 

A set of agreements were drafted by Archives & Museum Informatics, who
acted as consultants and facilitators throughout the AMICO planning
process.  These include frameworks for organizing the Consortium,
governing its strategic planning, developing a standards-based approach to
the distribution of the AMICO Library, and defining its products and
licenses.  Key among these are the draft University and Museum licenses,
that outline the terms under which the Library will be offered to these
communities.  AMICO�s framework documents are available for public comment

AMICO Founding Members:

1.	Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
2.	Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario
3.	Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
4.	Asia Society Gallery, New York, NY
5. 	Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ
6.	Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
7.	Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley, MA
8.	Fine Arts Museum  of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
9.	J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA
10.	Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
11. 	Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
12.	Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN
13.	Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA
14.  	Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, Quebec
15.	Musee d�art contemporain de Montreal, Montreal, Quebec
16.	Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
17.	National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario
18.	National Museum of American Art, Washington, DC
19.	Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
20.	San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
21.	San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA
22.	Walker Art Center, Minneapolis MN

Other AAMD members are expected to join the Consortium following the initial

About the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD):  The AAMD represents
170 directors of the largest art museums in the Untied States, Canada, and
Mexico.  The membership meets twice a year to explore topics in the arts
and education as well as to participate in programs on professional
development and management.  The President is Hugh M. Davies, Director of
the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego.  The Executive Director is
Millicent Hall Gaudieri.  Further information about AAMD can be found at

About Archives & Museum Informatics.  Since 1986, A&MI has consulted for
archives and museums worldwide, organized conferences, workshops and
seminars and published journals and monographs that provide specialists in
archives and museum information systems with timely and challenging
opportunities for professional exchange and training.  The consulting
services emphasize strategic planning, inter-institutional collaboration
and standards based solutions.  Further information about their activities
can be found at

J. Trant
Partner and Principal Consultant
Archives & Museum Informatics
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