January 16, 2022

Reference: Getty Research Portal Relaunches with New Design, New Contributors, and Over 100,000 Full Text Art History Volumes

From the Getty Research Institute:

2016-06-14_15-17-50Today the Getty Research Institute (GRI) launched an updated version of its popular research tool, the Getty Research Portal. A virtual library of art history texts, the newly redesigned Getty Research Portal now offers more than 100,000 volumes available from more than 20 international partners.

Launched in 2012, and created in partnership with some of the world’s leading art libraries, the Getty Research Portal is a free online search gateway that aggregates the metadata of art history and cultural texts, with links to fully digitized copies that are free to download. There are no special requirements in order to use this resource and it is completely open to anyone with internet access.

The newest partners to join the Getty in this effort are the Art Institute of Chicago’s Ryerson and Burnham Libraries, the Bibliotheca Hertziana – Max Planck Institute for Art History in Rome, the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel, the Menil Library Collection in Houston, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Library and Archives in New York, and the Warburg Institute Library in London.

They join the Heidelberg University Library, the Thomas J. Watson Library at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Libraries, the Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art, the Library of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library at Columbia University, the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute Library, the Frick Art Reference Library, the Brooklyn Museum Libraries and Archives, the New York Art Resources Consortium, the National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives, the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, the Biblioteca de la Universidad de Málaga, and Gallica: Bibliothèque national de France. Getty partners include the Getty Research Institute, the Getty Publications Virtual Library, and the Online Scholarly Catalogue Initiative.

Overseeing this vast expansion of content is Anne Rana, Project Manager.  Senior Software Engineer Joshua Gomez and his team are responsible for the software improvements and ongoing technical support.

From the Getty Iris Blog:

The Portal’s new user interface features several key improvements:

  • Each digitized text now has its own individual page, enabling users to easily share links.
  • The site has a responsive design, allowing for better use on phones and tablets.
  • New additions from contributing libraries are more clearly highlighted.
  • Search filters have been added, making results sortable by criteria such as date and language.
  • Edition details for books—often important information for researchers and scholars—are now readily displayed whenever available.

The contributions of participating libraries, along with titles scanned by the Research Institute, have brought the number of texts available on the Portal to more than 100,000 volumes just four years since the project’s inception. We’re delighted that in turn, the number of individual Portal visitors (as shown by Web statistics) has reached the 70,000 mark, indicating it to be a destination of growing utility for humanities researchers. Digitized books and journals from the Research Institute have been viewed nearly 13 million times on the Internet Archive website, which hosts the scanned versions of our books and makes them available for download in a variety of formats, including PDF and MOBI (for Kindle).

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See Also: Getty Research Portal FAQ

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About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.