Design, Development, Research
The OSCI Toolkit is an open-source project created by the Indianapolis Museum of Art to establish a suite of tools that facilitates the publishing and broad dissemination of online scholarly catalogues of art history. In 2011, the IMA Lab was awarded a grant from The Getty Foundation to support the project as part of its Online Scholarly Catalogue Initiative (OSCI), which aims to create replicable models for museum collection catalogues in the online environment.The current project builds upon the conceptual framework and prototype software developed at the direction of the Art Institute of Chicago during the initial OSCI grant cycle from 2009-2011.
The Indianapolis Museum of Art is now working with the larger OSCI consortium to build the OSCI Toolkit as reusable components that can be combined and enhanced by museums to create a variety of experiences supporting the creation of online scholarship for art museums. The prototype, developed with the Art Institute of Chicago, demonstrates one potential direction for how online catalogues might be delivered; certainly many other options have yet to be explored. The IMA Lab continues to work with the Art Institute of Chicago and other OSCI partners to create a flexible system to aid in publishing these texts online.Launch Site