The Courtauld Institute of Art Selects Extensis Portfolio Server to Manage its Image Library -


The Courtauld Institute of Art Selects Extensis Portfolio Server to Manage its Image Library

Tuesday July 17th, 2012 by Extensis

The Courtauld Institute of Art, one of the world’s leading centres for the study of art history, conservation and architecture, has an image library of more than 550 paintings, 9,500 prints and over 35,000 photographs. We’re extremely proud that Portfolio Server 10 is trusted by this prestigious institution to manage their image collections.

As well as being one of the world’s most highly respected centres for the study of the history of art and conservation with over 400 students currently completing their studies, the Courtauld Institute of Art is also home to a remarkable art collection and an acclaimed programme of temporary exhibitions. The collection includes masterpieces from the early Renaissance into the 20th century and is particularly renowned for its unrivalled collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings which include Van Gogh’s Self Portrait with a Bandaged Ear and A Bar at the Folies Bergère by Édouard Manet. Highlights from the Renaissance collection include several works by Botticelli together with Lucas Cranach the Elder’s Adam and Eve.

The Courtauld Institute of Art initially invested in an out-sourced DAM solution however, this turned out to be quite expensive and inflexible to meet its changing needs.
Keen to digitise the Institute’s entire collection and place these libraries online, Tom Bilson, Head of Digital Media decided that the time was right to find an alternative DAM solution. The Courtauld Insitute turned to Portfolio Server because it offers a cost-effective platform to implement and maintain internally as well as an open API to integrate seamlessly with Zetcom’s MuseumPlus Collection Management System and – most importantly – a way for the Institute to bring its entire image collection online.

Tom Bilson comments, “Digital asset management is a critical element for our gallery; our company and the preservation of the images in our archive revolves around it entirely. The API delivers a crucial connection between our collection management portal and our vast collection of high-quality images. By leveraging the tools within Portfolio Server across the institute and from within our collections management system we will be able to make the images available to all of our students – a priority that we have now been able to make a reality.”

The Courtauld Institute of Art is part of Extensis’ prestigious list of global heritage and cultural customers who use Portfolio Server, which includes Kiasma, The Museum of Contemporary Art, (Helsinki, Finland), The Royal Botanical Gardens, (Kew, UK), The National Trust for Scotland (Edinburgh – UK), The National Museums of Ireland, (Dublin, Ireland), The Royal Albert Hall (London, UK), The British Library, (London, UK), English Heritage (Swindon, UK), Teylers Museum, (Netherlands).

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