Welcome to CoOL
Help Plan the Digital Future of Conservation and Preservation
Please help FAIC gather
information about the digital landscape of the conservation
and preservation professions. By taking a short online
survey, you can help us develop a snapshot of how computer
programs, databases, and web-based resources are being used
today by those who care for cultural collections, and what
the digital needs and wishes might be for the future. The
survey is at:
The FAIC online survey is part of a larger planning grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, supplemented with funds from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and the Getty Foundation. The grants will help fund research, surveys, and discussions to determine how digital resources are currently being used, what resources are needed, and how FAIC might best serve the conservation profession moving forward. The study is expected to yield valuable information regarding the future of FAIC's Conservation OnLine and Conservation DistList resources.
Resources for Conservation Professionals
Conservation OnLine (CoOL) is a freely accessible platform to generate and disseminate vital resources for those working to preserve cultural heritage worldwide. Through the support of the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation, CoOL is committed to growing and sustaining these resources into the future. As an authoritative and trusted source of information, CoOL serves to foster, convene, and promote collaboration.
Use the navigation at left to:
- Search within CoOL
- Access the Conservation DistList archives and mailing list
- Peruse the publications archived on CoOL (including JAIC, the Paper Conservation Catalog, and postprints from AIC's BPG, EMG, PMG, and WAG specialty groups).
- Access the many sites and organization that are hosted or mirrored on CoOL.
Use the CoOL Directory: Find People in and around Conservation.
Content on CoOL
The content of CoOL comes from a variety of sources, and we hope that all users will consider contributing some material to the project. As you use the server, please pay attention to lacunae that you might be able to help fill. If this is your first time here, please read an important message about copyright. If you would like to contribute material to CoOL, please send a note to wh. To report problems or offer suggestions, select the links at the bottom of each page.
Why I Give to CoOL
by Richard McCoy
Did you know that nearly three-quarters of a million people will have visited Conservation OnLine this year alone? And that these visitors will have come from just about every country on the planet? While the majority of these visitors are from the U.S., this amount and variety of web traffic is a testament to the greatness and global importance of CoOL... read more
A sample of areas covered on this site...
Conservation of Cultural Property: Art conservation, Paintings conservation, Paper conservation, Photographic materials conservation, Book conservation, Sculpture conservation, Objects conservation, Artifact conservation, Wood conservation, Textile conservation
Materials: Archaeological materials, Architectural materials, Archives materials, Artifacts, Artists' materials, Electronic media, Electronic records, Historic materials, Library materials, Manuscripts, Modern materials, Museum materials, Natural history collections
Subjects: Biodeterioration, Collections care, Conservation education & training, Conservation science, Conservation suppliers, Conservation treatment, Conservators, Copyright, Degradation of materials, Digital imaging, Disaster planning, Documentation, Ethics, Health & Safety, Intellectual Property, Library Binding, Mass deacidification, Mold, Pest management, Preservation-related organizations, Reprographics, Restoration, Terminology