Note: AMICO is no longer accepting new members. These pages are maintained for historical reasons.
AMICO Membership is open to institutions with collections
AMICO enables its members to do a number of things that they cannot do
on their own, including:
Collaborating in AMICO can also help individual
- Creating a collective library
of art from museums worldwide for educational uses
- Reaching the educational community
in a coordinated and cost effective way
- Enabling its members to leverage
influence with vendors to reduce costs of capturing this data
- Providing its members access to
collective funding to pursue their educational missions
- Assisting members to improve their
information infrastructures and documentation practices
- Negotiating digital rights with
artists and artists estates and with museums in other countries
- Providing members access to each
others holdings for their own educational uses through a free annual
subscription to The AMICO Library
- Reducing risks through collective
- Adopting common standards and
- Sharing expertise
AMICO balances the needs of small and large museums,
the well prepared and the novice, by providing for different levels of
membership participation from observer through full contributor.
Services which it is envisioned that AMICO will deliver
to its members include:
- Technology Information Services, including "best practice"
guidelines, "frequently asked questions", standards for data capture,
advice on hardware and software, application guidelines, training and
research and liaison with developing standards
- Data Enhancement Services, including data value standardization,
the addition of unique identifiers and watermarking of images, subject
indexing, metadata augmentation, thesaural explosion of terms in controlled
vocabularies, markup of text to SGML, and mapping institutional data
to export standards.
- Catalog Management Services, including creating an integrated,
publicly accessible directory with many access points and different
interfaces for different users which enables educators to identify works
which they have licensed and may use through AMICO and allows the public
to seek further rights including commercial use rights from the individual
- Rights Management Services, including defining the minimum
rights management data requirements, creating searchable rights metadata
systems, negotiating rights with individual rights holders and their
collectives, writing model licensing agreements, providing a forum for
and developing terms of licenses for schools and school districts, museum
education departments, and public libraries, and developing and disseminating
end-user responsibility training materials.
- Customer Services, including monitoring and analyzing uses
and users, conducting focus groups to identify users needs, and promoting
innovative educational uses of museum digital content.
- Collaborative Partnering, including with technology firms,
funding sources, standards organizations, telecommunication providers,
Members all agree to help
in AMICO's activities.