By Julia Katona | senior museologist
(Museum of Fine Arts – Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest)
Budapest, 02 June 2014
„ART LIBRARIES FACING THE CHALLENGES OF A DIGITAL AGE”. An international conference was held at the Museum of Fine Arts – Hungarian National Gallery on 2nd June 2014. The speakers from prominent American, Austrian and Hungarian public institutions (Fine Arts Library, Columbia University (New York), Frick Art Reference Library (New York), Decker Library, Maryland Institute College of Art (Baltimore), Basis Wien – Research and Documentation Centre for Modern and Contemporary Art (Wien), Albertina (Wien), Library and Works on Paper Collection / Archive MAK (Wien), Museum of Fine Arts – Hungarian National Gallery (Budapest), Museum of Applied Arts (Budapest) shared their experiences, problems and solutions on digitisation.
On behalf of the Museum of Fine Arts – Hungarian National Gallery (Budapest) Julia Katona presented the concept of the new online browser of the Hungarian National Gallery’s website, which is under preparation now. The presentation focused on the basic guidelines of digitisation from a museological approach and the development of the new website’s collection part in context of the integrated collection management system use. How can we link object, artist, literature data, and their attached digital contents in the structure of the MuseumPlus? How can we publish the links between the data and the digital content? As a result, a compound structure of the new online browser has been developed containing three basic units: Object, Artist and Literature units.
The three-element new online collection browser will be an integrated part of the new website’s virtual space dedicated specifically to the collections with many other small parts. In this section a module for virtual exhibitions is planned with a brand new application called MOVIO, a complex virtual exhibition tool produced in the framework of AthenaPlus, an ongoing European digitisation project. Embedding a virtual exhibition tool into a museum’s website opens up new possibilities to design thematic exhibitions that exist exclusively online. Its benefit is that it introduces a new type of visualisation of the network of persons, places and institutions. Thus, the alternative way of object presentation may enrich the knowledge about artworks and artists in the virtual space of the collections.