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Getty Information Institute, Standards and Research Projects Program records
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Description
Materials comprise the records of the Standards and Research Projects Program (1993-1998) and its predecessors the Scholarly Information Development Program (1983-1990) and the Information Standards and Services Program (1990-1993), which were departments within the Getty Information Institute (GII) and its predecessor the Getty Art History Information Program (AHIP). Materials include seminal records on systems development related to projects such as the Art and Architecture Thesaurus® (AAT), Foundation for Documents of Architecture (FDA), the Avery Index, the Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA), the Census of Antique Works of Art and Architecture Known in the Renaissance, the Witt Library Index, the Thesaurus Artis Universalis (TAU), the Getty Provenance Index®, the Répertoire international de la littérature de l'art (RILA), and others. Records include the files of program managers, project managers, systems analysts, and programmers, dating from 1979 to 1998, and include administrative files, correspondence, memoranda, reports, proposals, meeting minutes, agreements, subject files, project files, computer programmers' notes, printouts of computer data samples, digital snapshots of databases, digital samples of various versions of software produced, and video recordings demonstrating databases and systems.
Background
The Standards and Research Projects Program was a department within the Getty Information Institute (GII). GII was the name given to the Getty Art History Information Program (AHIP) when AHIP was renamed in 1996. During the 1980s, as personal computers became tools for scholarly research, AHIP pioneered research on the informational needs of art historians and was the driving force behind several collaborative projects concerning art-related texts and images that provided unprecedented automation of, digitization of, and access to these types of materials. During the 1990s, as the Internet and the World Wide Web became accessible to an increasing number of people, AHIP / GII played dynamic roles in several collaborative initiatives to standardize data management practices and to establish electronic networks that would bring together the resources of diverse cultural institutions.
Extent
56.1 Linear Feet (79 boxes)
Restrictions
Contact Rights and Reproductions at the Getty Research Institute for copyright information and permission to publish.
Availability
The records in accession 2008.IA.11, subject to review for permanently closed information, are open to qualified researchers. Requests for access will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.