The Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) in partnership with the Philadelphia Museum of Art is pleased to announce the selection of 2018-2019 National Digital Stewardship Residency (NDSR) cohort. In April 2016, the Philadelphia Museum of Art was awarded a grant by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to develop a program focused specifically on digital stewardship of art information.
The 2018-2019 residency will be the second of the program’s two nationally-dispersed cohorts. Each of the 2018-2019 NSDR Art projects were selected by the NDSR Art Advisory Board for their merits as an independent project and contributions to the field. Criteria considered in the applications were a project’s design, institutional support for the project, the ability to provide adequate resources for a resident, and the opportunity to develop models for collaborative work in the new-media era.
The cohort consists of the Art Institute of Chicago, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Maryland Institute College of Art, and Small Data Industries. These projects will allow residents to acquire hands-on knowledge and skills involving the collection, selection, management, long-term preservation, and accessibility of digital assets related to arts information.
Eumie Imm Stroukoff, Emily Fisher Landau Director of the Research Center at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum and President of ARLIS/NA, remarked, “This program offers rich and meaningful professional development opportunities that focus on new media and arts information by tackling specific issues in digital stewardship and preservation while also contributing more broadly to the field. ARLIS/NA is pleased to partner with the Philadelphia Museum of Art for the second year of NDSR Art and offer our thanks to the Institute of Museum of Library Services for funding this program.”
Over the course of twelve months, the residents will address preservation of gallery interactives, born-digital materials in artist archives, needs of galleries and collectors, digital archival repository infrastructure needs, and new-media files in art and design Master's theses.
NDSR Art will now receive applications, until March 16, 2018, for residents to work on these projects. Residents chosen for NDSR Art 2018-2019 will be announced by early May 2018. For additional information about the host sites, application requirements, and updates regarding the National Digital Stewardship Residency, please see the program website.