A Mellon-funded project at UC San Diego to create a union catalog of art images. The intention is to explore its use for shared cataloging. I wonder how many images are held by multiple institutions?
This phase is focused on the development of an underlying union database and the technical proof of concept for a large-scale union catalog of art images. Issues related to implementation and usability are left to subsequent phases. The difference between UCAI and earlier image database projects is that the focus here is on the metadata rather than the image. The union catalog will be positioned to become a cataloging utility to promote sharing metadata (copy cataloging) within the visual resources community. [UCAI Project]