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Published: March 15, 2001.
|Vendors of software,
gateway sites, portals, consultants and technology developers featured
their products in the Exhibition Hall at MW2001. On Thursday evening
and all day Friday, conference attendees explored the latest tools
and services available to help build and maintain museum web sites.
ADLIB Information Systems (AIS) has
specialized in software for information and collection management
in libraries, museums and archives for more than 20 years. With
600 customers in 20 countries, AIS has offices in the Netherlands,
England and Australia, and distributors in several other countries.
ADLIB Museum is the professional, user-friendly application for
museums. The catalogue module has built-in thesaurus facilities
and image integration. Additional integrated modules include loans
and image management. An Internet/intranet server module is also
available, featuring extensive searching capabilities, such as thesaurus
and index-based searches. More information is available at www.adlibsoft.com
Antenna Audio is the world's leading
provider of award winning interpretive audio programs for museums,
historic sites and national parks. We are committed to working with
museums to enhance the experience of special exhibitions and permanent
collections for a wide range of visitors. Antenna Audio programs
can be customized for use on-site, on-line, and on mobile phones
as well as other handheld devices. Our technologies include the
MP3 random-access X-plorer, the CD ROM Gallery Guide,
cassette and radio systems. Services include operations management,
marketing, multiple-language translation, online audio-visual exhibition
and collection previews as well as online museum stores.
Arius3D Inc. is a unique, content
creation company based upon a proprietary and scalable technology.
Arius3D creates the world's most perfect and repurposbale digital
image content by capturing real color (independent of ambient light)
and perfect geometry together. The result is photo realistic, 3D
digital copies of real-world objects. The Arius3D technology has
6 patented and defensible technologies, developed through the National
Research Council of Canada. They combine to form a laser based,
digital capture system that captures true and exact registration
of color and geometry simultaneously. At the end of the day, Arius3D
"owns" the reality end of the spectrum. Currently, the Arius3D technology
is the only one worldwide that produces digital color copies of
objects with precision accuracy for color and geometry. Today's
methods produce models that generally lack color and geometry of
sufficient quality, requiring costly modeling efforts by artistic
creators to render them acceptable for various applications.
If you want to define, establish, defend and grow the cross-industry
global reference standard for 3D color imaging look no further than
Arius3D Inc. Having secured an exclusive worldwide license to commercialize
state-of-the-art, 3D color laser imaging technology, we're leading
the way in creating true-to-life 3D digital content.
AXS Technologies - a revolution in
ultra-fast data and image retrieval. You no longer have to choose
between high-resolution pictures and download speed - you can get
it all. AXS is accelerated imaging: a more efficient way to store,
extract, and deliver high quality digital imagery. We develop the
EyeSpy Image Server software to efficiently deliver high quality
images online. Our technology increases the speed, clarity, and
ease with which users view images.
EyeSpy is the fastest, most reliable way to serve up high-resolution
|Better Light, Inc.
Better Light Offers the Best Value
in Digital Capture
Investigate digital photography with Better Light's Digital Scanning
backs. Their ultra-high resolution, wide color gamut, and outstanding
dynamic range will produce an accurate digital rendition of any
original, right down to the texture of the media. Ideal for flat
art reproduction, sculptures, and use of the panoramic option for
rollouts and QuickTime VR.
Better Light offers four models with image file size capability
up to 549 MB (12000 x 15990 pixels; 24-bit RGB). Offering the best
value in dollars per MB in high performance digital imaging, all
Better Light digital scan backs can be upgraded to larger file capacity
at a later date. Prices start at $10,000.
Bmotion Design is an interactive
media design firm specializing in working with Museum Curatorial
and IT departments to execute web sites, cd-roms, video and multimedia
presentations. We strive to deliver our client's content and message
in a clear, consistent manner across all media and platforms.
Bmotion can support your projects with, html design and programming,
Java scripting, Flash and Director based tutorials and animations,
video and audio production, commerce applications, collections digitization
and database front end design.
Located in Los Angeles, our clients include: the Los Angeles County
Museum of Art, St. Louis Museum of Art, the California Science Center
and the Getty Museum.
|The Bridgeman Art
The Bridgeman Art Library is the
world's leading source of fine art images. Founded by Viscountess
Bridgeman in 1972, the archive has grown to provide a comprehensive
record of every aspect of human existence in the last two thousant
years. Images range from the earliest cave painting to the iconic
masterpieces of the Renaissance, and on to contemporary art and
design. Collections represented include such renowned names as the
British Library, the National Galleries of Scotland, Sweden and
South Africa, and the National Galleries of France and Italy. The
Library also represents major auction houses including Christies's
Bonham's, Phillips Fine Art Auctioneers, Dreweatt-Neate and Agra
Arts in Warsaw. Hundreds of new images are catalogued every week
and further images are available through the Library's global network
of agencies. To make the licensing process easier still, the Library
acts as copyright agent to a growing number of artists and artists'
estates. Picture users can view images and order online from the
Library's website catalogue at www.bridgeman.co.uk.
Full registration is free and enables users to browse using an advanced
search system, create image portfolios and see larger images for
reference. Expert Picture Researchers, all art historians, in the
London, New York, and Paris offices can provide a personal research
Corbis Corporation - "The Place
for Pictures on the Internet" is the definitive destination
for photography and fine art in the digital age. With 65 million
images-2.1 million on line-it is the leading provider of digital
images to the consumer, business, and creative professional markets.
Corbis.com is the place where consumers can send e-cards, download
personal-use digital images, and order framed and unframed prints
and posters. The company also provides imagery to creative professionals
in magazine, book, and newspaper publishing; advertising and graphic
design; and Internet and new media publishing. Corbis is also the
world's leading news photography agency. The company uses its extensive
Internet technology to allow customers to quickly and conveniently
access and purchase images. Headquartered in Seattle, with offices
in Hong Kong, New York, London, Los Angeles, Miami and Paris, the
privately owned company has approximately 1250 employees worldwide.
For more information about Corbis and its products and services,
call 1-800-260-0444, (425) 641-4505, fax (425) 746-1618, or visit
the Web site at www.corbis.com.
See latest STAR/Museums application
for collections management and information/image retrieval. All
Cuadra STAR applications are "open", allowing for customizing menus
and other elements for broad use throughout an institution. With
the STAR search engine and state-aware Web interface, you can make
your collection available from standard browsers, in-house or on
the Internet, with customizable interfaces and links to your online
vocabulary and finding aids. And, other applications are available
to manage your library, archives, and general institutional paper
and electronic records, all with the same certified (by CHIN and
the DoD) STAR core technology.
Educational Web Adventures is an
award-winning Web developer that creates immersive, interactive,
and in-depth adventures about art, science and history. Eduweb specializes
in educational games, simulations and learning modules and brings
broad experience in museum and K-12 education to the Web medium
to produce exciting and innovative educational experiences. We offer
complete Web development services, from concept design, research,
and content and Web production.
Our, clients include the Arizona Science Center, Brookfield Zoo,
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, Colonial Williamsburg, Bell
LIVE!, and the JASON Project.
"Best of the Web: Educational Use" by Museums & the Web 2000
Gallery Systems develops The Museum
System (TMS) and EmbARK, the world's leading software for collections
management. TMS is an easy-to-use relational database that includes
a multi-lingual interface, an integrated thesaurus, full imaging
and multimedia support. Protected Internet access for TMS collection
records is available with eMuseum. EmbARK is a cross-platform, fully
customizable collections management database, offering comprehensive
cataloguing, loans, exhibitions and public access modules. Protected
Internet access for EmbARK collections is available through the
EmbARK Web Kiosk. Both products are CHIN accredited.
Ideum develops Web sites, print materials,
CD-ROMs and exhibits for museums and other non-profit and educational
institutions. We are educators, writers, media artists, and award
winning designers who work closely with our clients to create media-rich
educational experiences. Our Web sites have won numerous awards
including the ComputerWorld Smithsonian Award (1999), three Webby
Awards (1997-1999), Yahoo! Pick of the Year (1997), and the ASTC
(Association of Science and Technology Centers) Innovation Award
Our clients include NASA, The Tech Museum of Innovation, the Exploratorium,
and the Space Sciences Laboratory at UC Berkeley.
Introducing a unique, personalized multimedia
experience. Imagine sitting at a computer and at the same time
taking a stroll through your favorite museum or art gallery, zooming
in on any item that catches your eye and listening to an expert
explanation with music in the background.
Innovu's system captures every spatial detail
of a given location, as well as every nuance of color and the
interplay between light and shade, to generate a three dimensional
environment of the original location. The experience is considerably
enhanced by sophisticated integration of high quality images,
zooming options, "hotspot" links and online shopping.
Museums, galleries, online shops, and entertainment
enterprises can complement their web sites with a superb multimedia
experience, bringing renewed interest in their content and enabling
unprecedented web features. Museums and galleries, for example,
can now prerecord high quality collections and temporary exhibits
for future access.
Here is the complete end-to-end solution
that spells a quantum leap for your web site. All you have to
do is tailor the solution to your particular requirements. Innovu's
state of the art technology is the key that opens the door to
exhibits in their real form, true colors and precise shade...
A new revelation.
|KE Software Inc.
KE EMu is a full-featured collections
management system designed to provide ease of access from small
to very large collections. KE EMu manages all aspects of a museum's
collection, management and other related information while providing
extensive retrieval facilities within the museum and to external
patrons via the Internet.
|Luna Imaging, Inc.
Luna Imaging, Inc. enables museums,
libraries and archives to build and distribute high-quality visual
collections in digital form and provides sophisticated software
to manage, access and use image collections over the Internet.
Our software is based on years of research and testing ways in which
people use visual materials in their work. Insight client/server
software provides unparalleled performance, flexibility and scalability.
Luna understands the mission and priorities of the cultural heritage
community and can guide institutions through the planning stages
of their projects, whether large or small. Since its inception in
1993, Luna Imaging has staked its reputation on creating high quality
image collections of cultural heritage material for many of the
most respected and demanding museums, archives and universities.
Online and off, Mediatrope builds
interactive environments with creativity and great engineering.
Our products invite the end user to feel, play, and see for themselves
how something works. The result is a sense of wonderment and the
desire to learn more, to visit in person, or to purchase.
We've had many long-term clients, probably because we care so much
about quality. We give you our full attention - one of our founders
acts as the lead on every project. We want our customers to be happy.
Our clients are leaders in business, education, and the arts. They
include Hewlett-Packard, Netcentives, Clicquot Champagne, American
Automobile Association, AIA San Francisco, City College of San Francisco,
the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, The Tech Museum of Innovation,
and IDEO among others.
MINISIS Inc is a dynamic, world leader
in providing software solutions to over 60 countries since 1975.
Our core product line is centered around the MINISIS RDBMS which
includes: the MINISIS database engine, an easy to use graphic interface
to enable non-technical staff to develop databases, several pre-defined
applications for archives, libraries and museums (among others)
and a robust web interface to allow for exceptional public access.
In addition, we are one of the few companies that possesses a wealth
of expertise with BPR, change management, application analysis and
design and experience with the complete System Development Life
Cycle (SDLC) for customized solutions. MINISIS Inc. is a Canadian
internationally incorporated company with offices in Ottawa (Ontario),
Vancouver (British Columbia) and Valencia (Spain).
MuseumShop.com is the largest online
collaborative of museums and their products in the world. We offer
customized e-commerce solutions to 70+ museums and cultural attractions.
Our partners include the Louvre, British Museum, Prado, The Israel
Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, LACMA, The Vatican Libraries
|Plumb Design, Inc.
and Thinkmap, Inc.
Plumb Design, Inc. creates online
experiences that facilitate the exchange of knowledge and the interplay
of ideas. Plumb Design Services provides strategic consulting ,
Web design, custom software development, and systems integration
services for Global 5000 companies and major nonprofits, including
a number of internationally-recognized museums.
A wholly owned subsidiary, Thinkmap, Inc., develops software tools
such as Thinkmap Studio for navigating, displaying, and animating
complex and interrelated information. Thinkmap technology is fundamental
to the design and operation of acclaimed cultural and historical
exhibitions, mounted online and in kiosks by the Smithsonian Institution,
Seattle's Experience Music Project, Motorola, and Sony Music Entertainment.
When Image Counts - Zoom it!
Introducing the first enterprise class, resolution-on-demand image
scaling solution that offers compression, storage, and delivery
over your network or the Web -- with no loss of quality. The perfect
solution for managers of large databases of fine art images.
Originated by an art historian, developed in Kyoto, exhaustively
tested at C2RMF in the Louvre - VFZoom is proven in your world!
Evaluations against leading competitors show faster encoding times,
superior color fidelity, particularly for subtle color gradients.
With over 850 installations, Willoughby
creates the most widely used Museum Automation Systems in the world.
We offer an integrated set of systems for centralized resource management,
digitized imaging, public access (including the Internet), multimedia
resource centers, and collections management. Willoughby offers
three packages addressing the range and variety of the museum marketplace:
Multi MIMSY 2000, SNAP! for Windows, and IO. All
three systems offer solutions to the challenges of managing the
vast array of collections that museums store, exhibit, and conserve.
|Zender & Associates
Zender & Associates is a well-established
strategic marketing communications firm located in Cincinnati, Ohio.
We are known for our expertise in creating design excellence and
providing unique, results-oriented marketing and communications
Founded in 1977, Zender & Associates is comprised of graphic designers,
web developers and communications strategists who have extensive
and varied experience in both print and electronic media, and all
firm members hold degrees in their area of expertise.
Zender & Associates offers a range of creative services, including
high-quality print design, Web site design and development, marketing
and PR consulting, e-marketing, CD-ROM development, and interactive