Academic Press Image Directory


Subject: Academic Press Image Directory
From: Emanuella Giavarra (ecup.secr@dial.pipex.com)
Date: ke 04 kesä   1997 - 21:06:39 EEST


Dear list members,

I came across an interesting article by J. Scott Bradley in the latest
issue of the European Bookseller. In this article he reports on the
plans of Academic Press to launch the world's most comprehensive on-line
art catalogue called the Image Directory.

This Dirctory aims to become the single reference source similar to
Books in Print. Users will be able to search the holdings of museums to
locate images with the aid of the 'Art and Architecture Thesaurus' and
the 'Union List of Artists Names'. Records will contain data that
include information about rights and reproduction restrictions. Through
secure transition software, users may order copies of images directly
from the image owner through the database software.

The difference between the Image Directory and Corbis, an image archive
assembled under the leadership of Microsoft, is according to J. Scott
Bradley vast. Corbis seeks to buy and control high-resolution images and
Image Directory asks for no rights to either data or images and it uses
only low-resolution images. While Corbis tries to be an end in itself,
Image Directory tries to be a locator service.

Academic Press does not ask for an initial fee or other money from image
owners and providers, no minimum number of records, and no annual quota
of new or revised records. Access to its Internet version will only be
available through a site-licence, by time, and by search.

More information on the Image Directory can be found at:
http://www.imagedir.com

More information on the European Bookseller can be found at:
http://www.axford.com/beishon/eurobook

Kind regards,
Emanuella Giavarra
ecup.secr@kaapeli.fi



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