While you were working 30 May 2017

United Nations Digital Library; Europeana Photography; PHAROS Art Research Consortium; Elsevier appoints VP for Global Library Relations; Inspec adds Wiley Journals.

United Nations Digital Library launched

The UN has announced that the United Nations Digital Library (UNDL) is now available. The platform gives access to UN-produced materials in digital format and is free to use. The service was developed by the Dag Hammarskjöld Library and the United Nations Office at Geneva Library and is built on open source technology developed at CERN. The system will offer access to UN documents and open access publications, voting data and speeches, maps and other content and is available in more than six languages.


Europeana Photography showcases 2 million vintage photographs

Europeana has announced the launch of Europeana Photography, a thematic collection which provides access to more than 2 million historical photographs. The images have been contributed by over 50 European institutions from 34 countries.

The collection presents images from the first one hundred years of photography, and includes work from pioneers such as Julia Margaret Cameron, Eadweard Muybridge and Louis Daguerre alongside editorial, curated galleries and online exhibitions. The first online exhibition, ‘The Pleasure of Plenty’ celebrates the visual richness of vintage photographs.


Art institutions partner to establish the PHAROS Art Research Consortium

New York’s Frick Collection has partnered with thirteen other art institutions to set up the PHAROS Art Research Consortium, a digital research platform that aims to open new avenues for art historical research.

The initiative will bring together photo archive materials relating to more than 25 million works of art. Seven million images from the original partners are expected to be digitised and available by 2020.

PHAROS will offer image search using proprietary image-recognition search technology.

Other institutions involved in the project include Rome’s Bibliotheca Hertziana, the  Institut national d’histoire de l’art in Paris, the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, RKD –Netherlands Institute for Art History in The Hague, and London’s Courtauld Institute.


Elsevier appoints Vice President for Global Library Relations

Elsevier has announced the appointment of Jean P. Shipman as the Vice President, Global Library Relations. This is a newly created role. Shipman is currently Executive Director of Knowledge Management and the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library at the University of Utah.


Inspec adds 154 Wiley journals

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has announced that articles from 154 Wiley journals, including Chemical and Engineering Technology, will be indexed by Inspec, its abstract and indexing research tool.