The Courtauld Institute of Art Uses Extensis Digital Asset Management Solutions for Efficient Collections Management of its Image Library -

The Courtauld Institute of Art Uses Extensis Digital Asset Management Solutions for Efficient Collections Management of its Image Library

Portland, Ore., July 17, 2012- Extensis today announced that The Courtauld Institute of Art, one of the world’s leading centers for the study of art history and conservation, has selected ExtensisPortfolio Server to manage its image library of more than 550 paintings, 9,500 prints and 35,000 photographs.

The Courtauld Institute of Art is famous for its unrivalled collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, which includes Van Gogh’s Self-portrait with Bandaged Ear and A Bar at the Folies-Bergère by Edouard Manet.  Highlights from the Renaissance collection include several works by Botticelli together with Lucas Cranach the Elder’s Adam and Eve.

The Institute initially invested in an out-sourced Digital Asset Management (DAM) solution, which proved quite expensive and inflexible to meet its changing needs.

The Courtauld Institute of Art turned to Portfolio Server because it offers:

  • A cost-effective platform to implement and maintain;
  • An open API to integrate seamlessly with zetcom’s MuseumPlus Collection Management System;
  • A way for the Institute to bring its entire image collection online.

Tom Bilson, Head of Digital Media, commented, “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.”

“Collections Management Systems are great at managing object information from a curatorial perspective, but only go so far when it comes to considering content as Digital Assets”, said Richard Bamford, EMEA Business Director at Extensis.  “The Courtauld Institute of Art is a fantastic example of how DAM works with CMS to provide a comprehensive collection information solution and we are very proud to have such a respected organization as our customer.”

The Courtauld Institute of Art is part of Extensis’ prestigious list of global heritage and cultural customers who use Portfolio Server, which includes The National Gallery of Art (US), The American Museum of Natural History (US), 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), and Teylers Museum, (The Netherlands).

About Portfolio Server

Portfolio Server improves efficiency by ensuring users have immediate access to the correct files in the desired format in a central location. It is the only digital asset management solution that is affordable, simple to use, can be setup within a day, and provides everything organizations need to get started right out of the box. As a standards-based platform that works with other systems and existing workflows, Portfolio Server provides a single place to for teams to locate important files with consistent metadata information using a web browser or Mac and Windows desktop applications. Portfolio Server is ideal for anyone with large collections of images, videos, and marketing collateral.

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About Extensis

Extensis® is a leading developer of software and services for creative professionals and workgroups. Their solutions streamline workflows, securely manage digital assets and fonts, and control corporate typographic branding.  Used by hundreds of Fortune 5000 companies, Extensis’ award-winning server, desktop, and web service products include: Portfolio Server® for digital asset management, Universal Type Server® for server-based font management, Suitcase Fusion® for single-user font management, and the WebINK® web font rental service.  Founded in 1993, Extensis is based in Portland, Oregon, and the United Kingdom.  Extensis is wholly owned by Celartem Technology Inc., (JASDAQ Exchange: 4330).  For additional information, visit


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