Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 15, No. 92.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
Date: Sat, 09 Jun 2001 12:09:01 +0100
From: NINCH-ANNOUNCE <email@example.com>
Subject: Reuters & Art Museum Network's Arts News Service
News on Networking Cultural Heritage Resources
from across the Community
PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN REUTERS AND ART MUSEUM NETWORK
TO CREATE MAJOR FINE ARTS NEWS SERVICE
A little late, but I thought readers might be interested in this alliance
between the Art Museum Network and Reuters to provide two forms of arts
news service via the Art Museum Network.
>New York, April 23, 2001-The Art Museum Network (AMN) and Reuters, the
>global information, news and technology group, announced today the launch
>of a project to establish an online fine arts information report in
>conjunction with the Whitney Museum of American Art, which hosts the AMN
>website. The joint project will provide access for journalists, other
>Reuters subscribers and, this fall, the entire online public to the latest
>in art news.
>At the heart of the project will be the development by Reuters of the AMN
>Fine Arts Report-an online report that will provide information on
>exhibitions and special events at fine arts museums around the world. This
>report will be marketed to any online publisher interested in providing
>readers with information about fine arts exhibits and events.
>Katharine Lee Reid, director of the Cleveland Museum of Art and President
>of the Association of Art Museum Directors, noted: "The efforts of the Art
>Museum Network-from providing public access to tens of thousands of images
>of works of art to jointly indexing the exhibition calendars of many of
>the world's leading art museums-will now be expanded to include news. The
>Cleveland Museum of Art, like dozens of other art museums supporting
>AMN.org, is excited about what this can mean to our institution in getting
>the word out about how we serve our audiences and the collections they
>come to see."
>Whitney Director Maxwell L. Anderson commented, "The recent Forbes 'Best
>of the Web' story that singled out artmuseumnetwork.org as the best
>solution for exploring art museums online has increased traffic, and this
>partnership will multiply viewer traffic exponentially. We are delighted
>that Reuters has agreed to open this service to all 200 museums in the Art
>Museum Network. It's an extraordinary opportunity for the public to become
>further engaged in what is happening at art museums around the world."
>Tom Glocer, CEO-designate of Reuters, said: "Reuters news and information
>is used by over 70 million people through Reuters' own services to the
>financial markets as well as our online reports available over 1,400
>websites. We are very pleased to make the AMN Fine Arts Report available
>as a complement to our financial, general and specialty news services."
>The agreement will unfold in two phases. In Phase One, each museum
>belonging to AMN will provide press releases to Reuters, which will then
>redistribute the releases to online clients. For further information on
>each press release, the user will be able to go directly to
>http://www.artmuseumnetwork.org. In Phase Two, in the fall of 2001, the
>Art Museum Network will create a database of all press releases for use by
>the online public. The database will be searchable by topic, institution,
>city, date, etc.
>The Art Museum Network was founded in 1996 as the Internet/broadcast arm
>of the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD), the oldest and most
>respected professional museum association in the world. Currently hosted
>by the Whitney Museum of American Art, AMN is the official website of a
>consortium of over 200 of the world's leading art museums, including The
>Metropolitan Museum of Art and the British Museum. AMN, a not-for-profit
>effort, links content from the AAMD's 170 North American members and 40 or
>so of the largest museums in Europe and Asia, stretching from the
>Hermitage to the Louvre, and from the Berlin Museum to the Prado. Each
>museum is directly connected to AMN and is able to furnish up-to-date
>exhibition information on a daily basis, which is automatically made
>available on the Internet from AMN.
>Reuters supplies the global financial markets and news media with a wide
>range of information products, including real-time financial data,
>collective investment data, news, graphics, news video and news pictures.
>In addition to supplying the financial markets, about 73 million unique
>visitors per month have access to Reuters content on some 1,400 Internet
>websites. Reuters is the world's largest international text and television
>news agency, with 2,157 journalists, photographers and camera operators in
>190 bureaus, serving 151 countries. In 2000 the Group had revenues of
>3.59 billion ($5.4 billion) and on December 31, 2000, the Group employed
>18,082 staff in 204 cities in 100 countries.
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