UK's Visual Arts Data Service: User Needs Workshop Report

Subject: UK's Visual Arts Data Service: User Needs Workshop Report
David Green (
Date: Mon, 20 Jul 1998 11:55:23 -0500

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Date: Mon, 20 Jul 1998 11:55:23 -0500
From: (David Green)
Subject: UK's Visual Arts Data Service: User Needs Workshop Report

July 20, 1998

                    Workshop Report on User Needs from UK's
                           VISUAL ARTS DATA SERVICE (VADS)

Readers will probably be interested in the latest of the series of reports
on "Scholarly Exploitation of Digital Resources," by the five service
providers of the UK's Arts & Humanities Data Service. The latest is the
report on a workshop on user needs by the Visual Arts Data Service and is
available at <>.

This report is a companion to the report of the History Data Service on the
needs of historians
<> and of the
broad "National Expert Workshop," at <>.
Other reports are in the pipeline.

Although much of the report pertains to how VADS does its work, readers
will probably be most interested in the recommendations of the report
(broken down under Data Use; Data Creation; the User Support Landscape and
the Role of the VADS) at <>.

David Green

>Date: Mon, 20 Jul 1998 14:49:56 +0100 ()
>Subject: VADS User Needs Workshop Report now available<fwd>
>From: Neil Beagrie <>
>*VADS User Needs Workshop Report Announcement*
>The Report containing the results, analysis and recommendations of the
>VADS User Needs Workshop, held in Edinburgh April 1998, are now
>available at:
>The VADS User Needs Workshop (April 1998) was a key exercise in
>determining the best way in which VADS can expand, develop and tailor
>its services to the visual arts community, including researchers,
>teachers and students of the visual arts. As well as providing a
>snapshot of current practice among the community, the Workshop was
>intended to facilitate the setting up and development of the service in
>three crucial respects:
> * to help us understand more about how electronic resources are being
>used now by members of our community
> * to help us target the services of VADS more closely to the
>community's electronic information provision, creation and management
> * to help us build up an accurate picture of what digital resources
>have been already created by the community; how they are being used; and
>what we can do to help maximise the investment in these resources
>>From the conclusions of the Workshop, it is possible to deduce that in
>order for digital resources to realise their full potential within the
>academic community much work now has to be done supporting and
>encouraging the visual arts community in creating high quality resources
>suitable for re-use. This can be achieved in a variety of ways
>including training and support, with the promotion of subjects relevant
>to their field of work, including copyright, cataloguing standards and
>resource creation.
>*Janine Rymer**Visual Arts Data Service*
>*Surrey Institute of Art & Design**Farnham*
>*tel: 01252 892724**fax: 01252 892725*


David L. Green
Executive Director
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Washington DC 20036
202/296-5346 202/872-0886 fax

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