The Digital team at Getty Publications is charged with producing innovative and long-lasting digital publications, building and sharing open platforms and tools for the creation and digital dissemination of both digital and print publications, and supporting the growing community of publishers and technologists working on art-related digital projects at the Getty and beyond.
What We’re Working on Now
Open-access multiformat digital books
- Ancient Lamps in the J. Paul Getty Museum (collection catalogue)
- Artistry in Bronze: The Greeks and Their Legacy (symposium proceedings)
- Keep It Moving?: Conserving Kinetic Art (symposium proceedings)
- The Score: Avant-Garde Composition in the Visual and Performing Arts
Platforms and Tools
- Multiformat publishing platform (Hugo/Middleman static-site generators, Prince XML, GitHub)
- Custom publishing database (MySQL, Rails). To support administrative work in Getty Publications, the database will also power a future expanded version of the Getty Publications website, Virtual Library, and public API.
- Open-source, embeddable-PDF book reader (pdf.js, IIIF, Rails). A key feature of the future Getty Publications website and Virtual Library, the reader will allow image annotation and page-specific linking to connect artworks reproduced in books to collection pages online.
Recent Talks and Posts
- “What Does a Print Book Publisher Know About SEO?” (blog post, The Iris, Dec 19, 2016)
- “Breaking Almost Everything: The Current Practice and Future Potential of Digital Publishing” (keynote, Publishing Art History Digitally: The Present and Future, Institute of Fine Arts, New York, October 14, 2016)
- “An Editor’s View of Digital Publishing” (blog post, The Iris, May 16, 2016)
- “There Is No ‘Publish’ Button” (panel, National Museum Publishing Seminar, Chicago, May 13, 2016)
- “Static Tools, Dynamic Sites” (demo, Museums and the Web, Los Angeles, April 8, 2016)
- “Closer to Metal” (talk, ebookcraft, Toronto, March 31, 2016)
- “Digital Publishing Needs New Tools” (blog post, The Iris, November 16, 2015)
- “The Future Is Static: Building Future-Proof Digital Publications at the Getty” (talk, Museum Computer Network, Minneapolis, November 6, 2015)
Related Work across the Getty
The Getty’s commitment to digital publishing extends to many areas of the organization. Here are a few related efforts from around the Getty Trust:
- Online Scholarly Catalogue Initiative (OSCI)
- Getty Scholars’ Workspace
- Pietro Mellini’s Inventory in Verse, 1681
- Getty Research Portal
For more on the Online Scholarly Catalogue Initiative, don’t miss the recently published final report, Museum Catalogues in the Digital Age.