Since its launch as a free online service in June 2002, AATA Online ( has undergone a number of enhancements designed to further develop this database as an important research tool for the conservation community.

During the past year, more than 6,000 abstracts have been added, including over 1,900 new abstracts; abstracts published between 1932 and 1955 by the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, and the Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution; and over 3,400 abstracts originally published in various Art and Archaeology Technical Abstracts (AATA) supplements.

In addition, abstracts from the GCI's annotated bibliography on the management and conservation of archaeological sites—compiled for the 1990 course on the conservation of excavated sites and updated to include literature published through 2000—are being added to AATA Online and will be available as a supplement in October 2003. Source indexes for volume 37, numbers 1-3, are also available and can be found in the "About AATA," "Coverage and Scope" section.

In May 2003, Risa Freeman became manager of AATA Online and Bibliographic Services. Formerly managing editor of RILM Abstracts of Music Literature, Freeman will supervise the continuing production of AATA Online while focusing on development of AATA's international network of editors, abstractors, and contributors, in order to extend the database's coverage of worldwide conservation literature. Guidelines for abstractors are now available in Spanish, Italian, German, and French, and they can be found at AATA Online under "About AATA" in the "Contributors" section.

AATA Online, formerly published as AATA, is a comprehensive database of more than 100,000 abstracts of literature related to the preservation and conservation of material cultural heritage. This free online resource is a service of the GCI in association with The International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works.