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Cross Currents No 2 June 2001 

A digest of cross sectoral information management events, issues and ideas in organisations, libraries, archives and museums, with special emphasis on arts and the humanities.





The Scottish Cultural Resources Access Network (SCRAN) and the Arts Museum Image Consortium (AMICO) have formed a partnership to distribute the AMICO Library. SCRAN plans to add the AMICO Library to the existing SCRAN services, available to primary and secondary schools throughout the United Kingdom, from September 2001 and may also distribute to higher educational institutions and public libraries in the U.K. AMICO and SCRAN will share specifications and tools, explore issues of cross-resource access and look to make SCRAN resources available in North America to educational subscribers.  


SCRAN was founded by a partnership of the National Museums of Scotland, Scottish Museums Council and the Royal Commission on the Ancient & Historical Monuments of Scotland and now includes representatives of the British Computer Society, the Conference of Scottish Higher Education Principals and the Learning and Teaching Scotland. It is available at a wide range of community information points, including schools, libraries, museums, community centres and tourist information centres. A central co-ordinating body signs a licence agreement form and SCRAN provides a site licence, password and username for each participating institution. Personal licences are also available for home use. SCRAN contains 700,000 text records of historic monuments and artefacts held in Scottish museums, galleries and archives and 120,000 related multimedia resources. In addition, it has commissioned 70 multimedia essays, based on these resources, for educational use.  


AMICO aims to share, shape and standardise digital information in museum collections and enable its educational use. It is an independent non-profit corporation with a membership of over 30 major museums in the United States and Canada.  AMICO members make annual contributions of multimedia documentation of works in their museum collections. This is regularly compiled and made available to universities, colleges, schools, and public libraries. The AMICO Library is accessible over secure networks to institutional subscribers including universities, colleges, libraries, schools, and museums and is now licensed to over 2 million users, including faculty, students, teachers, staff, and researchers. Educational institutions may subscribe to the AMICO Library by contacting one of its distributors. These include the  Research Libraries Group and the Ohio Library and Information Network, and now SCRAN. A subscription to the AMICO Library provides a license to use works for a broad range of educational purposes. Websites: Web: [Source: NINCH-Announce]


The 6th biennial International Conference on Arts and Cultural Management will be held at the Queensland University of Technology 1-4 July 2001. Aimed at arts managers, researchers, academics and consultants in Canada, US, UK, Europe, Singapore, China, Japan, New Zealand and Australia, topics include: the media industry[ new technologies and the arts; promotion of heritage destinations; marketing for visual art museums and galleries; case studies of individual arts and cultural organisations. Website:  [Source:  Regional Galleries Association of Queensland]


The following research initiatives and projects are incorporated in an inventory on the Center for Arts and Culture website:   


Administration of Public Art at State Universities. - American Art Museums and their Use of the Web. -  Art Journalism in Marketplace; Artists Training and Career Project. - Arts and Culture Indicators in Community Building. - Arts Management Research Clearinghouse. - Arts Opportunities for Young People in Chicago. - Arts Performance Index (on the health, status and impact of the nonprofit arts industry).


Blockbuster Exhibitions. - Boston Indicators of Progress, Change and Sustainability. - Career Tracking in the Arts. - Collaborations between Choreographers and Musicians. - Community Impact - the Role of Smaller Arts Organizations in New York State. - Community Indicators Project. - Community Partnerships for Cultural Participation: Status, Trends and Prospects. - Creative Classrooms Project. - The Creative Community - Leveraging Creativity and  Culture for Silicon Valley's Economic and Civic Future. - Cultural Indicators for New York City. - Cultural Information Online. - Cultural Policy Inventory.


Directory of Artist Population Studies. - Freedom of Expression in Art and Culture; Funding Trends and Analysis. - The Future of Philanthropy and the Nonprofit Sector in a Changing America. - Integrated Assessment of Policy-Relevant Research and Data on the Arts. - International Issues in Cultural Management Training. 


Mapping Associational Infrastructure of the Arts and Cultural Sector. - Measuring Aesthetic Experience. - Measuring the Health of our Common Culture. - Measuring the Impact of a Community-Based Music Commissioning Project. - Meetings Analysis and Planning. - Methodologies for Data Collection on Artists and Arts Organizations. - MoMA's Visual Thinking Curriculum; Museum and Multicultural Awareness. - National Arts Policy Clearinghouse; National Arts Journalism Program. - National and Local Profiles of Cultural Support. - National Economic Impact Study (updating Americans for the Art's first national economic impact study done in 1994).  


Participation Project: Artists; Communities and Cultural Citizenship. - Patterns of Cultural Contention. - Partnering Dance and Education. - Planning Grant for Better Business Practices. - The Politics of Performing Arts Centres. - Public Art Service Study. - Public Attitudes toward Artists. - Reinventing Downtown: Sports, Culture, Conventions and the New American City. - The Social, Political and Cultural Impact of New Technologies: Insights from Surveys on Contemporary Patterns of Internet Users. - Social Impact of the Arts Project; Social Impact of the Informal Arts in Chicago Communities. - Social Indicators and the Nation's Social Health. - Stimulating Capital to the Cultural Sector Support System for American Artists.  

Technical Assistance Needs Assessment and Inventory. - Technology and Intellectual Property. - Technology Needs Assessment. - Teaching Cultural Policy; The Transforming Education Through the Arts Challenge. - Trends in Arts Participation. -  The Two Ravens Project: Digital Society and the Humanities. - Unified Database of Arts Organizations. - Working Group on Creativity in the Digital Age.


CHN brings together resources to assist California history and humanities projects. It includes a list of scholars, writers and culture bearers that are available for assistance to groups planning programs, grant opportunities, case studies, news and links. Website:  [Source: Librarians Internet Index]


Cultivate-list is a new discussion list established by the European Cultural Heritage Network as part of the European Union's Cultural Heritage & Information Technologies Program, which continues the work of the National Focal Points under the Telematics for Libraries Program. CULTIVATE is expanding this program to include all memory institutions -  namely museums, archives and libraries - and the e-list is open to anyone in the cultural heritage sector interested in the information society technologies, the Commission's initiatives and programs. To join cultivate-list, send an email to: with the following text in the body of the message: subscribe cultivate-list [your email address].  Website: [Source NINCH-Announce]


The Research Libraries Group has initiated an international Cultural Materials Alliance with the aim of establishing a single virtual database with one search interface for hundreds of collections from many different institutions. The current group of 200 members includes the American Antiquarian Society, Brooklyn Museum of Art, International Institute of Social History, Library of Congress, London School of Economics, National Library of Australia, New York State Archives and Records Administration, Smithsonian Institute, University of Oxford and Yale University. According to Joseph Busch, president of the American Society of Information Science and Technology, “the initiative takes advantage of existing archival and museum documentation in whatever form they exist - whether well-formed EAD SGML finding aids or simple, word processed files - without diminishing the granular structure.” .[Source: RLG News]


New York University will host the Joint International Conference of the Association for Computers and the Humanities and the Association for Literary and Linguistic Computing in Greenwich Village, June 13-16, 2001.  The conference is touted as the oldest established meeting of scholars working at the intersection of advanced information technologies and the humanities. The theme for the conference is "Digital Media and Humanities Research", and it will feature plenary addresses by two leading scholars: Johanna Drucker, Robertson Professor in Media Studies at the University of Virginia, and Alan Liu, Professor of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara.  Details:

[Source: NINCH-Announce]


The Bate Collection of Musical Instruments database and the Pitt Rivers Museum Musical Instruments database are now available on the Performing Arts Data Service website at The Bate collection of European orchestral and woodwind instruments at the University of Oxford was established in 1963. The Pitt Rivers Museum was founded in 1884 when Lt.-General Pitt Rivers, an influential figure in the development of archaeology and evolutionary anthropology, gave his collection to the University. The Museum now has over half a million objects from all parts of the world. The extensive photographic and sound archives also contain early records of great importance.


An International Critics Symposium will be held at Brisbane Powerhouse, Queensland, 25-28 July 2001, aiming to bring together key music reviewers, arts journalists, and artists from the USA, Europe, Asia, Britain and Australia to engage in a debate about the role an influence of today’s arts commentators. Website:


The 2001 annual conference of the International Federation of Theatre Research will be held in conjunction with the Australasian Drama Studies Association Conference at the School of Theatre, Film and Dance, University of NSW 9-14 July 2001. Under the theme trans-actions: culture and performance, topics include performance/audience interaction; intercultural, multi-cultural and post-colonial performance; cross-gender performance; adaptation and translation - from culture to culture, medium to medium, period to period, text to performance; new directions in theatre - minor theatres, future theatres, dance theatre, theatre at the edge; between technology and performance - screen and body, light, sound and cybernetics, musical performance in the digital age; para-theatrical genres - street performance, community theatre, invisible theatre, outsider theatre. Contact: Convenors, FIRT Conference, Sydney, School of Theatre, Film and Dance, University of New South Wales, Sydney Australia 2052, Fax: +61 2 9662 2335; Email:  Web Site: 


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This issue of Cross Currents compiled by Paul Bentley



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