Cultural heritage institutions are dealing with an immeasurable number of resources. They include images, both originals and reproductions, as well as different types of "cultural objects". Modern cataloguing rules, metadata formats and semantic web standards support the conversion and linkage of descriptive data related to the manifold collections of cultural heritage institutions, and help to overcome the hitherto regrettable isolation of complementary resources on the web. Apart from the necessity to make many 'hidden' collections more discoverable and accessible, the interaction and the machine-supported analysis of semantic correlations of data from heterogeneous sources are becoming more and more important.
Linked to the IFLA Conference theme, "Libraries in dialogue for change", the Art Libraries and Subject Analysis and Access Section will be hosting a 2-hour open session during the 2019 conference in Athens, Greece, in which we would like to discuss how to improve the user's subject access to our complementary collections, and how professionals can be supported by interlinking objects between different collections through the use of new technologies and tools as well as metadata standards and shared authority data.
We would also like to include in our discussion digital format image collections, which play a great role in linking libraries, archives and museums, especially in thematic virtual exhibitions, and lead to new forms of collaboration.
Papers may include but are not limited to the following topics and questions:
* How can we overcome the issue that connections between resources that are related to each other are not always made explicit in our catalogs?
* Is the compilation of a comprehensive network of interrelated and interconnected data and documents provided by cultural institutions a practicable solution?
* And if so, what are the requirements for action, who are the stakeholders, how should tasks be assigned?
* Are archives, museums, and libraries working in the same direction, e.g. with regard to authority data and metadata standards, to respond to the user's needs, or are we still working in silos?
* Are the images or texts describing or indexing practices based on the user's needs? Could image indexing be a good way for non-textual information recovery?
* New approaches and tools to establish connections between resources (texts, images, sounds, etc.) that are related to each other.
Full details are available at https://2019.ifla.org/cfp-calls/art-libraries-subject-analysis-and-access-sections/