Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 15, No. 573.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
Date: Tue, 09 Apr 2002 07:50:35 +0100
From: NINCH-ANNOUNCE <email@example.com>
Subject: AMICO Launches On-Line Reproduction Request Form
News on Networking Cultural Heritage Resources
from across the Community
April 8, 2002
AMICO Launches On-Line Reproduction Request Form
The Art Museum Image Consortium recently announced a potentially very
valuable service to AMICO subscribers and non-subscribers alike: an on-line
reproduction request form for seeking reproductions of works in AMICO
members collections. With information requested about the user and the use
as well as about the item requested, the form could rapidly speed requests
and enable better service for different user and use profiles. The request
form functions off the thumbnail request catalog:
>Date: Tue, 12 Mar 2002 21:06:52 -0500
>To: David Green <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>From: "J. Trant, Executive Director" <email@example.com>
>AMICO Launches On-Line Reproduction Request Form
>Anyone, including scholars whose institutions do not yet subscribe to The
>AMICO Library and commercial users ineligible for AMICO educational
>licenses, can now request reproductions directly from AMICO Members
>through an on-line Reproduction Request Form now available from the public
>Thumbnail catalog at http://search.amico.org
>How do I use it?
> 1. Search the Thumbnail Catalog
> 2. Find the Work You're Interested In
> 3. Choose 'Rights' to request Reproduction details
> 4. Complete the Online Form
> 5. You'll hear directly from the appropriate AMICO Member.
>Why do I need this?
>Finding reproductions and negotiating rights to reproduce works of art is
>reputed to be a complex and frustrating process. Scholars, and even
>commercial users whose job it is to locate images, often don't know whom
>to contact, and rights holders are frustrated when the information they
>receive isn't complete enough for them to evaluate the request. A standard
>reproduction request form that includes clear identification of the work
>in question and the desired use of the reproduction will streamline the
>process for everyone involved.
>How does it work?
>Each work in The AMICO Library is represented in the Thumbnail Catalog
>available at http://search.amico.org. A rights link in the work's
>description opens a customized Reproduction Request Form that includes a
>small image of the work and its full citation. Once completed, these
>requests are routed directly to the appropriate office at an AMICO Member
>institution. Martha King of the National Gallery of Canada and Chair of
>the AMICO Rights Committee says, "There's no possibility of confusion
>about the work requested when a user completes the on-line form. This
>removes a cause of frustration for us and of delays for those who want to
>use reproductions from our collection. There are many 'landscapes' in our
>collection and often we invest a lot of time trying to figure out which
>one a request references."
>Brad Nugent, Associate Director for Imaging for The Art Institute of
>Chicago concurs, "We want to be able to fast-track scholars' requests
>while also maintaining our commercial revenue streams. The ease and
>utility of the on-line Reproduction Request Form meets those needs
>perfectly, by giving us the information we need, in a concise and
>consistent manner." To use the Rights Request Form simply visit the
>Thumbnail Catalog on the AMICO public Web site http://search.amico.org.
>Use either the Simple or Advanced Search options to find a work. Click on
>the Rights hyperlink in the work's description, and complete the
>customized on-line form.
>Who Processes Requests?
>Submitted forms are forwarded directly to the appropriate person at an
>AMICO Member Institution, and when necessary, are also copied to the
>rights society representing the artist or estate. Users whose institutions
>subscribe to The AMICO Library - a digital resource that includes works of
>contemporary art for which AMICO pays royalties - continue to have rights
>for a range of educational uses, as defined in the AMICO Library license.
>The on-line Reproduction Request Form provides these users with a simple
>means to request further rights, including those for publication.
>Need more Information?
>Contact AMICO at firstname.lastname@example.org
>J. Trant 2008 Murray Ave, Suite D
>Executive Director Pittsburgh, PA 15217 USA
>Art Museum Image Consortium
>http://www.amico.org Phone: +1 412 422 8533
>email@example.com Fax: +1 412 422 8594
>AMICO - Enabling Educational Use of Museum Multimedia
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