Art Institute of Chicago

Monet, Art Institute of Chicago
The Art Institute of Chicago's OSCI publication focuses on the museum's renowned collection of Impressionist masterpieces by Monet and Renoir. Organized as two separate catalogues, the volumes place particular emphasis on conservation documentation with innovative functionality such as interactive x-ray filters that show how the artists changed their paintings in early stages. Other features include a customized citation tool for researchers. The Art Institute commissioned the Indianapolis Museum of Art's IMA Lab to create the publication's underlying software that pulls data from a variety of sources for use in the catalogue. This open-source software, the OSCI Toolkit, has been made freely available to the museum community and was also used by several other OSCI partners.

Planning support: $240,000 (2009)
Implementation support: $400,000 (2011) $95,000 (2012)

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

The Freer|Sackler catalogue builds on its Gerhard Pulverer Collection of Japanese illustrated books, one of the most important collections of its kind with over 30,000 individual, hand-made images in 1,586 volumes. The publication focuses on 56 books by artist Katsushika Hokusai (1760- 1849), one of the best-known ukiyo-e printmakers of the Edo period, whose work had a marked influence on European and American modern artists. One of the catalogue's special features is its "digital study room" allowing readers to save their annotations, notes, searches, and favorites in their own password-protected part of the site. The team also made sure that the collection material is searchable in both English and Japanese. The publication is instructive for museums and libraries with large collections of manuscripts and rare books.

Planning support: $200,000 (2009)
Implementation support: $220,000 (2013)

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

LACMA catalogue cover
Through cataloguing approximately 60 objects from its important Southeast Asian collection, LACMA explored the internet's potential to help place the objects into their original archaeological, cultural, and ritual contexts in ways not easily accomplished in print catalogues. LACMA's OSCI catalogue uses the OSCI Toolkit first developed for the Art Institute of Chicago. Detailed entries and new interpretive essays form the centerpiece of the catalogue, and they are enhanced by high-resolution images, conservation documentation, videos, maps, and photographs that visually connect the museum's objects to their place of origin. Readers may rotate and enlarge images of select objects, use an easy online citation tool to reference the catalogue, and share content with social media plug-ins.

Planning support: $240,000 (2009) and $60,000 (2011)
Implementation support: $385,000 (2011)

National Gallery of Art (NGA), Washington, D.C.

National Gallery OSCI Catalogue Cover
The NGA's OSCI publication is an updated and expanded digital version of Arthur Wheelock Jr.'s Dutch Paintings of the Seventeenth Century. Among its special features are a sophisticated image comparison tool, a customized reading environment, and new multimedia content, including a series of video tours of the NGA's Dutch paintings galleries led by Wheelock. The OSCI publication is the first release for NGA Online Editions, an ongoing effort that will provide access to the most current in-depth information on the Gallery's collections along with smart tools for citing, comparing, sharing, exporting, viewing, printing, and storing texts and images.

Planning support: $140,700 (2009)
Implementation support: $237,000 (2011)

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)

Screenshot of SFMOMA catalogue
SFMOMA's completed OSCI publication, The Rauschenberg Research Project, provides access to the equivalent of 600+ print pages of new research, vibrant illustrations, and multimedia content about the American artist Robert Rauschenberg. The project represents the most comprehensive and accessible repository of research on Rauschenberg to date. Users can watch video clips of the artist talking about how artworks were created, view annotated images that show how Rauschenberg altered some of his most famous pieces after they were initially exhibited, and read curatorial documents that were previously difficult to access, such as detailed correspondence revealing the artist's secret "recipe" for tinting collaged fabric.

Planning support: $240,000 (2009)
Implementation support: $375,000 (2012)

Seattle Art Museum

SAM screen grab
The Seattle Art Museum houses one of the premier collections of Chinese art in North America, but prior to OSCI the material had not been studied in-depth nor had much of it been published. SAM's online catalogue contains a detailed assessment of each object, new photography, in-depth comparative research, and essays from experts. The works' inscriptions and seals, of critical historic and artistic significance, were also fully translated, a feature rarely available in traditional print catalogues. The zoom function shows images in great detail, and users can also create their own collections of favorite works, as well as add comments to a discussion thread. Many scrolls featured in the catalogue are not regularly opened or on public view, so the online catalogue is providing unprecedented access to these works.

Planning support: $240,000 (2009)
Implementation support: $248,000 (2011)


Tate OSCI catalogue screenshot
Tate's OSCI publication focused on the British Post-Impressionist circle known as the Camden Town Group, which included artists Spencer Gore, Harold Gilman, and Walter Sickert. In addition to detailed entries for individual works in the Tate collection, the catalogue includes a wide-ranging selection of research material that elucidates artists' relationships to their social and cultural contexts, as well their individual working methods. Highlights include correspondence, sketches, film clips from the period, and even audio files of popular music hall songs related to depictions by the Camden Town Group artists.

Planning support: £137,800 (2009)
Implementation support: £137,000 (2010)

Walker Art Center

Walker's OSCI publication
The Walker's OSCI publication, Living Collections Catalogue, is a series of thematic publications that devoted to the museum's interdisciplinary collections. The two volumes supported through OSCI are On Performativity and Art Expanded, 1958-1978. Both editions feature new essays by leading scholars that integrate video, audio, still images, and archival material into a crisp, responsive-design environment that adapts to your viewing device. Essays are versioned and citable with the assurances of a permanent address to the information referenced, while links out to entries in the collections database provide information about individual artworks that is updated dynamically.

Planning support: $200,000 (2009)
Implementation support: $375,000 (2011)

Indianapolis Museum of Art

The IMA Lab, the media and technology arm of the Indianapolis Museum of Art, received Foundation support to develop a suite of open-source software tools that facilitate online publishing of scholarly catalogues by the museums involved in the Getty's Online Scholarly Catalogue Initiative and the larger museum community. The OSCI Toolkit was based on the prototype created by the IMA Lab for the Art Institute of Chicago and made available free-of-charge.

Planning and implementation support: $237,000 (2011) and $300,000 (2014)

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