Walters Art Museum going online

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The Walters Art Museum is now making 10,000 of its 30,000 works available online. The digitization project, funded by NEA and NEH grants, is intended to make the entire collection available online. According to the Baltimore Sun, “the effort will put the Walters at the forefront of the emerging technology of online museums and make it one of the few institutions in the world that allows virtual visitors to explore almost every artwork it owns.” The museum maintains that their collection is in the public domain and can therefore make their high-resolution images available through a Creative Commons license. This position mirrors the Walters’ free admission policy as well. The online catalog comes with detailed information about the works, the ability to zoom and create folders. (source: Baltimore Sun, October 4, 2011)

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