ART-Guide (http://artguide.uni-hd.de) provides access to art history websites, such as subject gateways, image databases, search engines, or mailing lists. The websites are of high quality and academic relevance; for they are reviewed according to criteria concerning the quality of content and form before admission into the collection. The collection covers the full range of European medieval, modern, and contemporary art history, and aesthetics. The websites are recorded following library bibliographic, objective, and systematic standards, and are provided with an abstract. The collection of art history websites is updated frequently by link checkers. Research in the database can be made using the basic “Search” or the “Advanced Search”, in which detailed search parameter can be entered. Additional browsing entrances provide systematic access. and the WWW-SearchSpace Art History permits full-text searching within the art history internet sources of ART-Guide.
ART-Guide is a service of Heidelberg University Library and Dresden Saxon State and University Library. The database is under construction. It is part of “arthistoricum.net – The Virtual Library for Art History”, which is a joint-project of Zentralinstitut fuer Kunstgeschichte in Munich and Heidelberg University Library, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). Within the scope of the project the database is constructed, expanded, and updated by the team in Heidelberg. An inventory of internet resources on contemporary art, made available by the ART-Guide Dresden, has been in the database integrated. The Guide in Dresden exists since 2002 as a module of ViFaArt, the Virtual Library of Contemporary Art, which is also funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and was constructed by the SLUB Dresden.
The subject orientation of the collected internet resources is equivalent to the DFG’s SSG of the two cooperating institutions:
- University Library of Heidelberg: Medieval and Modern Art History (up to 1945) and Art Studies
- Saxon State and University Library Dresden: Contemporary Art (after 1945), Photography, Industrial and Graphic Design
Resource indexing follows national and international library standards. The bibliographic description makes use of the authorities entries of the so called “Personennamendatei” (Name Authority File, PND) and of the “Gemeinsame Körperschaftsdatei” (Corporate Body Authority File, GKD). The subject indexing uses the vocabulary of the “Schlagwortnormdatei” (Subject Heading Authority File, SWD), which is produced by the German National Library in Frankfurt/Main and its partner libraries. Additionally the resources are classified by Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC). The underlying meta data scheme is bilingual. The meta data follow the standards of Dublin Core ( DC, DCMES).
The bilingual controlled vocabularies allow to access the collection by topics or subjects. The index “Subject” is arranged by art historical themes based on the so called Basisklassifikation, which is used by German scientific libraries. The English equivalents are taken from the Getty Art & Architecture Thesaurus ( AAT). The index “Region” offers access by geographic or regional coverage. The German vocabulary bases on Schlagwortnormdatei (SWD), the English on Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names ( TGN) and on Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC, Table 2). The index “Time Period” offers access by time limitation of the resources and is orientated towards the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC, Table 1). The index “Sourcetype” is divided into 2 main groups: Information provider and Type of Information. The index "Institutions" is split into the following groups: "Research & Teaching" and "Museums & Trade".
ART-Guide bases on the Clearinghouse-Software DBClear, which has been developed as a DFG funded project at the Informationszentrum für Sozialwissenschaften in Bonn. DBClear is a generic, platform-independent clearinghouse system. It includes a Z39.50 interface to integrate meta search and an automatic link checker to ensure the actuality and quality of the collection.
The database aims at cooperative registration. All interested institutions and persons are invited to participate in the expansion of the collection. Please, use the suggestion form if you miss important websites or give us feedback.
ART-Guide is still under construction and the number of registrated resources is now within reasonable limits, but daily new art historical websites will be added