I'm writing to announce and invite comment on the working prototype of an
online, searchable, resource of EAD-encoded finding aids for conceptual and
intermedia arts collections. This resource is being developed in
collaboration by the members of the "Conceptual and Intermedia Arts Online"
project. Members include museums and arts and research institutes:

* University of Iowa Alternative Traditions in the Contemporary Arts
* The Walker Art Center
* The Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College
* Berkeley Art Museum / Pacific Film Archive
* Franklin Furnace Archive
* National Gallery of Canada
* Getty Research Institute for the History of Art and the Humanities
* Tate Gallery, London

This resource is a first prototype still under development, and so contains
many finding aids without images or with limited markup, etc. since it is
merely a proof of concept and starting point. The resource should not be
seen at this stage as a stable, public resource (please don't re-announce
or create public links yet). However, in developing this site, we would
greatly value any comments or suggestions from other professionals working
with the EAD and/or developing similar resources. We are interested in
hearing any type of comment and criticism. Please email me at
[log in to unmask] with your comments or questions. The search
page requires a Javascript-capable browser.

The prototype can be found at: (Search CIAO Collections)

Thank you!

Richard Rinehart
Information Systems Manager & Education Technology Specialist
Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive
@ University of California
& President, Museum Computer Network,