Indianapolis Museum of Art launches new online collection

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IMA website offers 21,000+ images for instant download

The open access policy, updated imagery and underlying data APIs will allow the museum and public to utilize the collection in new ways going forward

Visitors to the Indianapolis Museum of Art’s website can now explore more than 51,000 objects from the Museum’s permanent collection in a revamped online database optimized for speed, user experience and mobile use.

The new online collection offers a visually rich platform with over 33,000 high-quality images available for viewing and high-res zooming capabilities to provide detailed views of assorted works. A hallmark of the new website is the 21,000 images now available for high-res download, providing open access to imagery for any personal, scholarly or commercial use. Multiple views of many three-dimensional works are also available to provide a unique online viewing experience for the site user.

The newly redesigned interface also includes advanced search capabilities, such as searching by color and a new “You May Also Like” feature, which provides recommendations for artworks related to your search. Interpretive content unique to the IMA, including videos and historical information, are now easily accessible for an enhanced user experience.

The new platform replaces the previous collections database created in 2010. The revamped online collection was created by the IMA Lab, the award-winning technology consulting arm of the Museum.

“The IMA collection is one of our greatest assets and providing access to its entirety online is monumental,” said Kyle Jaebker, director of the IMA Lab. “This project required cross-institutional collaboration and represents the most complete and rich online collection experience we have offered to date. The open access policy, updated imagery and underlying data APIs will allow the museum and public to utilize the collection in new ways going forward.”

The IMA will continue to grow the imagery available for online viewing and download, and update the database regularly as new works are added to the collection.

Visit the collections database at http://collection.imamuseum.org/.

About the Indianapolis Museum of Art
The Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) is located on a 152-acre campus of lush gardens, historic homes, outdoor sculptures, inspiring performance and gallery spaces. Founded in 1883, the IMA is among the 10 oldest and 10 largest encyclopedic art museums in the United States and features significant collections of African, American, Asian, European, contemporary art and design arts that spans 5,000 years of history. With innovative programming to engage guests of all ages, the IMA offers a variety of interactive experiences inside the galleries, throughout the campus and within the local community. From gardening demos in the Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse to outdoor film screenings in the IMA Amphitheater to community celebrations in The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres, guests are invited to engage with art and nature in exciting new ways at the IMA. Along with the Indianapolis campus, the IMA also owns the Miller House and Garden in Columbus, Ind.., one of the nation’s most highly regarded examples of mid-century Modernist residences. For more information visit http://www.imamuseum.org.

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