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Re: [BKARTS] Telling of the Book Arts World

The question of how to present book art categories for the international web audience goes beyond the mission of a particular institution. Including as many keywords or descriptive terms as possible in your listing enables a search, such as Google. Including a search form on the page is a good idea. Entering the info in a database and having those fields identified, with a multiple field search form adds value.

Some examples of what people are doing:

The most interesting project specifically for artist's books is Johanna Drucker's Artists Books Online:

Click on "Project Demo" to see how Johanna listed one of her books, and to see how a few others did it at a recent workgroup, go to

This project is still in its formative stages, and the data entry interface still has to be developed, but it is the most promising effort specific to this field.

Outside of Artist's Books, but still within Book Art, is the Publishers' Bindings Online site, a joint project of the University of Alabama and the U. of Wisconsin. This has a detailed set of parameters, a single keyword search function, a multiple field search function, a set of curated online exhibitions by category, and other features.

The Center for Book Arts uses a set of relational databases in its Exhibition Archive that brings up all the exhibitions an artist was in if you click an artist's name, as well as all the works exhibited, clicking an exhibition title brings up all the works in that exhibition, and a link to a scanned copy of the catalog ig that is available online. This enable you to read the curator's introduction to the exhibition, artists' statements, etc. Other information on the site works the same way. A website search form is included for those who have particular search terms. An examples is at:

Click on "view the exhibition catalog." You can read the entire catalog online, cover to cover. Click a thumbnail image to see that page of the catalog, or click a artist's name to see what other exhibitions they have been in, and what work was exhibited.

You also can click on "return to the list of exhibitions" at the top of the catalog page to see over 100 listings of shows the Center has mounted during the last 31 years. This is an ongoing project, and in the future we intend to locate images of all the artworks that have been exhibited, and add a "curate your own online exhibition" feature. This project needs funding, so please donate all your available cash to it! The Center can also accept donations of securities. Click on the thermometer today for a 2005 tax deduction.

These three models provide a good beginning for how to address the issues that arose in this thread, and perhaps a synthesis of these approaches will develop in the future.


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