Metropolitan Museum and ARTstor Announce Pioneering Initiative to Provide Digital Images to Scholars at No Charge
A March 13, 2007 ARTstor press release brings news of an important development in the open access movement:
"In a new initiative designed to assist scholars with teaching, study, and the publication of academic works, The Metropolitan Museum of Art will distribute, free of charge, high-resolution digital images from an expanding array of works in its renowned collection for use in academic publications. This new service, which is effective immediately, is available through ARTstor, a non-profit organization that makes art images available for educational use..."
Hank Glassman, Assistant Professor, East Asian Studies, Haverford College
Hank Glassman teaches Buddhism, Religion and Gender, East Asian Religions, Japanese Literature, Language, and History. Images have become increasingly important in his teaching on Japanese language, history, and culture and in his research on Japanese religions in the medieval period. He constantly struggles with how best to display images in his classes and how to help students engage them as texts.
Academic Commons: Tell me a little about your ambitions for using digital images and what the transition has been like.
Glassman: First, I've been at Haverford for six years and I have to say that for three of those years it was very much a struggle to bring digital images into the classroom. I was very dissatisfied with the options-software, hardware, and support; it was very difficult to get material scanned at the resolutions I requested and there was a real absence of a support system or of specialists able to manage digital images. But then everything changed and now I cannot complain. First we had MDID and now we're moving to ARTstor and we have a terrific level of support. I'm very pleased by the direction everything is going.